I Will Not Die an Unlived Life 

Dawna Markova


I will not die an unlived life

I will not live in fear

of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days,

to allow my living to open me,

to make me less afraid,

more accessible,

to loosen my heart

until it becomes a wing,

a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance;

to live so that which came to me as seed

goes to the next as blossom

and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.


This poem is published in the book, I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion, by Dawna Markova (2000).