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.


Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

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