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.


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.

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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