Me In The Middle of Life

114 - White Water Rafting


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.

(Dawna Markova, b. 1942)


Nelson County Sketch #5

(c) mlq


11 thoughts on “Me In The Middle of Life

  1. “I choose to risk my significance” — that’s a marvelous line. Thanks for sharing this poem, Mary Lou. And your picture, which reminds me of a postcard, with the words done almost like a cross-stitch — a nice visual play on time and journeys.

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  2. I’m learning to be braver – I have always tended to play safe, but I’m learning to loosen my grip a little and take more risks (maybe not white water rafting though!) I loved that poem – especially the last few lines 🙂
    PS: nice to see you back after the A to Z challenge recovery period!

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    • The white water rafting was a youth group event with my sons and friends! It was wonderful and so great that they captured this exciting photo of it! Nothing wrong with playing it safe and following our good intuition. 🙂


  3. I love this. It’s occurred to me in recent days that the more we hang onto the frame by which we identify ourselves, the more rigid our growth becomes. Be willing to accept anything, be willing to change any part, be willing to become or contribute to something greater than our limited expectation of ourselves!

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