Poem: Petty Things by Mark Tulin

To the shallow people
who taught me that losses
were so valuable:

You deceived me
into believing that I needed
to keep these things
to be happy.

You convinced me
that I’d be lonely
or less of a person
if they were gone.

They were not as important
as it seemed.
I know this now
as I grow older.

They were just things
I became dependent on,
petty things
that my ego loved
but had no lasting value.


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.

10 comments on “Poem: Petty Things by Mark Tulin

  1. 🌟 IshtarInL💖ve


  2. So nice ……no petty at all😊

  3. blindzanygirl

    Loved thus.

  4. Amazing. I posted it on blogspot. Will send you a link to the site.

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