Poetry: Free Speech Table by Mark Tulin


I approached the Free Speech table with apprehension.

I didn’t know what to say.

Ranting about the government was not my style,

bitching about my neighbors only leads to bad Karma.

My back hurts, but a lot of other people have it worse.

I had no reason to complain.

My life was going well, had a wonderful wife.

I love where I live, can see the beach from my backyard.

So I just kneeled to the ground

using my five free minutes

to write down my thoughts

of gratitude

in thick yellow chalk.


Author, poet, short story writer from Santa Barbara, California. I write about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching present in California. These are narratives that may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

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