“It is a serious thing
just to be alive on this fresh morning
in this broken world. Mary Oliver
Just wasting time on Facebook this morning. The sun is shining and I should go for my walk before I Skype with Chris at Bridges Burning But I found a post on FB from Suzicate wherein she quoted a favourite poem of mine from 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,
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.
I used this quote in a post when I was still new to blogging – I Will Not Die. Re-reading that post and the poem, I realise that the poem applies even more to me today than it did in December 2011.
Following my adventure in April, I have had to:
- overcome the fear of falling again
- choose to inhabit my days
- allow my living to open me
- learn to ask for and accept help
- learn to take each day as it comes
- know that I’m loved and supported by many and
- to be grateful for the help and support offered.
So now this day is starting. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and my walk is calling.
“Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
‘Ride,’ Pleasure said;
‘Walk,’ Joy replied.”
― W.H. Davies poet 1871-1940