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Poem: Honesty of Childhood by Mark Tulin


I miss the honesty of childhood.

The way my friends told me

the truth

in words, in play

or in crumpled notes.

I miss friends

who teased me

about my looks,

who said shut up,

blow your nose

and read a book.

Not like the adult world

of smiles, deception

and awkward stares.

Never saying what’s true,

never expressing

how they feel.

©️mark tulin

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.

22 comments on “Poem: Honesty of Childhood by Mark Tulin

  1. Seriously! The kids I nanny can be brutally honest. It’s refreshing.

  2. We should never loose that β€œ kid attitude β€œ at least not completely.totally relate to this post and feel much better as sometimes honesty is condemned and criticized and so too many people tend to take themselves too seriously.
    I have a very β€œfactual” husband……should make me feel blessedπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • When we were kids, we seemed to take criticism better. As an adult I find myself to be way too sensitive and defensive. πŸ™

      • I m the first one to laugh about myself but I can be very β€œtouchy”.hope we ll never clash dear ….all this sensitivity…..but naaaa we are too nice πŸ˜‰πŸ¦‡
        They really should add a crow emoji ,so unfair😑

      • The fact that I can talk about it means that I probably am not as sensitive as I think. 😊

      • I was thinking my just that😊

  3. Kids have a straightforward way of looking at things and just don’t mind telling you their findings! πŸ™‚

  4. Yes, my friend. Childhood was blessedly authentic. May your inner-child always be. Well expressed! πŸ’«

  5. Gratitude for your patience! πŸ™πŸ’«

  6. Oh simply lovely. And honest. Just like a child…

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