Poem: Debt of Gratitude by Mark Tulin

I have a long list

of critics and detractors

who know where to find me.

They know where my

weakness lives;

the address where I hang

my vulnerability.

I’m aware of their lack of love

and their snide remarks.

They are foolish

not to think that I can’t hear

their castigation.

Believe me, doubters,

I can smell your rejection

miles away

as you hide your head

in the soil of envy.

Your character assault

makes me more grateful

for the select few

who have me in their hearts.

If only one person

believed in me,

I still would feel

that my voice was heard

and that I could hold my head high.

With a debt of gratitude,

I acknowledge you

at the podium.


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.

19 comments on “Poem: Debt of Gratitude by Mark Tulin

  1. Ishtar💖InLove

    Elegant ~ Classy.

  2. Very well said! Love this.

  3. Wonderful poem, let’s spread Love and Kindness in this world! ❤️🙏🏻✨

  4. One of the best retorts ever! Count me in on one of those select few!!! Your “Milky Saucers” brought me to tears! You’ve got it, My Friend! Just keep writing no matter what! Write for yourself and it will be something we will want to read!!

    Just remember, (in case I haven’t shared this already) “Not everyone likes you, but not everyone matters!!! That always seems to perk me up! Ha! Hope you are having a great week!

    • So true. Not everyone matters. Just be true to yourself and not give up no matter how discouraging it gets. Much peace, and thanks for the words of wisdom.

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