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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.

ยฉ๏ธmark tulin

I am an author, poet, humorist, and short story writer from Palm Springs, California. I write about various topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia to my years as a family therapist and finally to my soul-searching in California. These are poetic narratives that may have humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry 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 โ€œ kid attitude โ€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 โ€œfactualโ€ husband……should make me feel blessed๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    • When we were kids, we seemed to take criticism better. As an adult I find myself to be way too sensitive and defensive. ๐Ÿ™

      • I m the first one to laugh about myself but I can be very โ€œtouchyโ€.hope we ll never clash dear ….all this sensitivity…..but naaaa we are too nice ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฆ‡
        They really should add a crow emoji ,so unfair๐Ÿ˜ก

      • The fact that I can talk about it means that I probably am not as sensitive as I think. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • I was thinking my just that๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Kids have a straightforward way of looking at things and just don’t mind telling you their findings! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Yes, my friend. Childhood was blessedly authentic. May your inner-child always be. Well expressed! ๐Ÿ’ซ

  5. Gratitude for your patience! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ซ

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

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