Boundaries: A poem

Date Posted

May 25, 2023


Two people arm in arm facing an open field, boundaries poem

This poem about boundaries is referenced in our webinar, Setting Boundaries for Healthy Relationships and Caregiver Self-Care

By: Mary Oliver

There is a place where the town ends,
and the fields begin.
It’s not marked but the feet know it,
also the heart that is longing for refreshment
and, equally, for repose.

Someday we’ll live in the sky.
Meanwhile, the house of our lives is this green world.
The fields, the ponds, the birds.
The thick black oaks—surely they are
the invention of something wonderful.
And the tiger lilies.
And the runaway honeysuckle that no one
will ever trim again.

Where is it? I ask, and then
my feet know it.

One jump, and I’m home.

Resources on Boundaries

Are you interested in learning more about this topic? Check out these articles, videos, fact sheets, books, and more to continue exploring ways to get in touch with your needs and limits.