Poem: When My Humor Goes by Mark Tulin

When my humor goes,
I picture myself sitting alone
on an old tattered chair
in a dark and dusty room
with a perpetual frown,
taking life too seriously,
never cracking a smile
from a timely punchline
or chuckling when someone
unexpectedly takes a tumble

When my humor goes,
I won’t see life’s funny twists and turns,
nor bend over from a side-splitting joke
with eyes full of tears
I will sit on my old tattered chair
in a room devoid of hilarity
without a snicker or a guffaw,
never again enjoying
the healing benefits
of the best gift of them all.


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.

21 comments on “Poem: When My Humor Goes by Mark Tulin

  1. Don’t ever let this happen 🙂 !!

  2. Every day without a laugh is a wasted one😎

  3. Such a wonderful post and truth as well!!!

  4. Mark, that old, dusty room and tattered chair sounds awful. No good place to be.
    Humour is indeed a great gift and one that should walk with us daily, always prepared to engage.

    Liked your poem very much


    • I think many of us underestimate humor’s importance in our lives. A world without it would be awful, perhaps scary. Thanks for your comment, Miriam.

  5. blindzanygirl

    God forbid. I cannot imagine lufe without a sense of humour!

  6. Listen to your favorite song🎸 from R.E.M., watching a smoking🌋, all of a sudden you are 🏄‍♂️, plus 🎨,🖼, 🎭 and 🎨for your really, really, really tough days!!!! HEY!!!! Don’t forget your smile a day bonus……

  7. Your imagry is enchanting! I felt every bit of this🥀🖤

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