Poem: Clean Sheets by Mark Tulin

He takes an afternoon nap

on clean sheets and pillowcases,

a celestial escape

The fresh smell

of laundered bedding

is where he lay,

an ordinary joy,

a priceless comfort

A middle-aged

somnolent angel

with pains and aches

giving his tired wings

a break

So peaceful

is his noonday nap

just sinking into


on a mattress

feathered in clouds

He wonders nothing,

his worries don’t exist,

just comfort he seeks

just calm and rest

he takes.


photo by Alice Tulin

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.

24 comments on “Poem: Clean Sheets by Mark Tulin

  1. Ahhh ‘Somnolent Angel’ – how beautiful, you make me want to take a siesta!

  2. Lucky you to get a restful sleep happy dreams!

  3. Jaya Singh

    So soothing.

  4. Beautifully written. Loved it!

  5. Such a wonderful post! I can smell the fresh linen even now! You’re making me sleepy! LOL! Bravo, Mark, Bravo!

  6. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Come share the joy of clean sheets and pillowcases in Mark’s – CLEAN SHEETS

  7. Written well, Mark! …I know the feeling. And it is not only in the Afternoons. Any time is Siesta time for me now, (the Rights of a Senior Citizen, Haha). 🙂

  8. Indeed a current battle as I’m under the sheets reading this as we speak, feeling too lazy to move. Love it!☺️

  9. Exactly. Well done

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