Poem: Chalupa Love by Mark Tulin

A different version of the poem on Pencliff.

The taco carnitas beckons me

with mouth wide open.

It says, come do the salsa

with some jalapeño.

Cover me with chopped tomatoes,

diced onions and cilantro.

Cradle me in your

hungry jaws, and feel my

cheesy corn tortilla, soft or


Take me off the hot griddle,

a cast iron comal,

strum those mariachi guitars,

take me to places

I’ve never imagined,

and make passionate

chalupa love

now and mañana.


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.

15 comments on “Poem: Chalupa Love by Mark Tulin

  1. Poems of Mariana

    I love the poem, especially how you blended English with the Spanish words

  2. Loved it !!! Makes me want to find the closest taco truck lol

  3. Ha! You know how to make a Little Ol’ Poet hungry, don’t you! LOL! Really loved this fun and inventive post!! Now I have to go find a Mexican eatery!! Bravo, My Friend!!!!

  4. Love the personification – a taco! – and imagery.

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