Poem: Blank Screen by Mark Tulin

 My life fades out

Into a blank TV screen.

Where life once was,

Now there is a distant buzz,

An unattainable memory.


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.

15 comments on “Poem: Blank Screen by Mark Tulin

  1. Mark, this poem is so sad. Let us pray this will never happen,
    it must be such a hard fate.

    • Miriam, I appreciate your compassion. Unfortunately, it’s a common fate for those who live a long life. My wife’s grandfather is 100. He was someone I was thinking about when I wrote this poem.

  2. So profound.beautifully penned.a subject closed to me lately.

  3. Stop! You’re scaring me! Ha! Great post!

    • Well, I haven’t scared myself yet. 🙂

      • Both my parents passed due to Alzheimer’s. So, I guess I’m a little sensitized to it. Surviving isn’t living!! I hope you can keep being brave!!

      • Oh, no it’s not about me. I was taking the POV of two people who have dementia who were very close to me. But thanks for worrying about me. 🙂

  4. Well done. I love the photo with the poem, the conciseness, and the twist of the final word.

  5. Well, My Friend, I reread this again and it scared me a second time! Powerful words!

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