Poem: Planting Happiness by Mark Tulin


I planted healthy words
deep into the ground
with the other
words that I found 
in my heart’s pocket. 

I made sure I planted
love and healing
near the pond
where I used to watch the koi
and goldfish swim.

I made sure that all my words
were carefully planted and pruned,
given plenty of fresh water
and the right amount
of gratitude.

I made sure that my dog
didn’t dig up happiness
or that my kids didn’t
trample on the flower bed
of peace and respect.


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.

13 comments on “Poem: Planting Happiness by Mark Tulin

  1. Made me smile 🙂

  2. Masterly planted….sorry I meant written😉😍

  3. Beautiful reminder of what needs to be planted and nurtured and even protected 🙏

  4. LOVE this! Cheers and Thank You!!! 🙂

  5. This is beautiful! I love gardening that’s why 😉.

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