Apr 13 2012

Colin Oliver – Boundless

Published by at 8:19 am under Poetry

by Colin Oliver

Like the wind searching,
lifting feathers round
the sparrow’s neck,
lifting leaves in a wave
across the bean field,
I find no place
where I can say,
here my being ends.

— from Stepping Into Brilliant Air, by Colin Oliver

/ Photo by Burtoo /

I find no place
where I can say,
here my being ends.

I love these lines. These are the fundamental questions we live our lives asking: Who am I? What am I? What is this experience I call myself?

If I want to know what I am, I also find myself asking what I am not. That’s when I must go searching for a boundary. Where does self end and not-self begin?

And a very strange thing happens: I can find no clear boundary. Sure, we construct mental maps all the time, proclaiming this is me, and that over there is foreign territory. I must protect this “me” at all costs. But, when we stop staring at that artificial map we’ve constructed in the mind and actually walk the landscape, we find no fences or lines on the ground. When we choose to see it, the self goes on and on. Each individual is really a magical act of seeing with no fixed eye.

Try to find your boundaries; you will find your are boundless. Imagine the possibilities of being and interrelationship that follow…

Colin Oliver

England (1946 – )
Secular or Eclectic
Yoga / Hindu : Advaita / Non-Dualist

Colin Oliver lives with his wife in a rural community in England. He says of his writing, “Much of my poetry flows from an experience of at-one-ness with the world. A blend of observation and imagination bring the subjects of poems to me, but I’m keen to distill my work through the craft of writing. I’m also a great reader of poetry from different cultures and would name Rumi, Basho, Han Shan and Emily Dickinson as some of the poets who inspire me.”

His poetry has been published in various magazines, mostly in the United Kingdom. He has also had some books published, including Stepping Into Brilliant Air (available from The Sholland Trust or Amazon.com UK).

More poetry by Colin Oliver

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Colin Oliver – Boundless”

  1. christine de jongon 13 Apr 2012 at 10:29 am

    It is true that we are boundless spaciousness, at least that is what our essence is,
    I find myself there when I go inward and listen to the silence and spaciousness within, through meditation I got to know this essence, and there I have found my peace and from there all my qualities arise, and on the outside of it is our personality,which is also what we need in this life to do all the things that take us through the day, it would be really something if these two are totally in harmony, so that you are totally complete and at ease whatever happens, this I guess is my path right now

  2. kimon 13 Apr 2012 at 12:00 pm

    “Each individual is really a magical act of seeing with no fixed eye.” Succinctly and brilliantly encapsulates the essence of Colin’s poem that rings so clearly.

    I love how perspective can be ever-changing, and our felt sense and experience of inner/outer, sphere within sphere, center within kinesphere does not need to get stuck anywhere along that continuum.

    Nanao Sakaki’s poem Love Letter is the epitome of this notion expressed within the tactile world and extending inward and outward to all time and space.

    Thank you so much for propelling me elegantly into the cosmos today Ivan and Colin.

  3. Priti Paulineon 13 Apr 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I adore reading your commentry, time after time it is expansive and heartwarming.
    I appreciate the work you do and am forever grateful you do it with such devotion.
    May you be blessed every holy instant you exist.
    Thank you

  4. R.K.Singhon 14 Apr 2012 at 4:35 am

    These three lines , in terms of Sri Aurobindo’s poetics, emerge from the ‘overmind’ and reflect the poet’s spiritual consciousness at its best. It’s simple and yet intuitively deep.
    A very refreshing read.

  5. Ulla Beaverson 14 Apr 2012 at 11:23 am

    Thank you! 🙂

  6. Rachel Leahon 14 Apr 2012 at 1:53 pm

    This must be some kind of Zen tool. Search for your boundaries to discover their absence! I love it!

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