Poem: Chasing Things by Mark Tulin

Each day, I chase things.
It’s not my job, per se,
but I find myself doing it
by instinct
and out of necessity.

If I’m not chasing,
I feel guilty
like I’m injured
and on the sideline
while others are in the game.

Even in my dreams, I chase,
but the things I pursue
are unattainable,
slip out of my grasp,
seem to disappear
just as I reach
never quite far enough.

I’ll be glad when the chase is over.
Perhaps when my beard turns gray
or my desire wanes.
Hopefully, by then,
I’ll have learned to be satisfied.

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.

41 comments on “Poem: Chasing Things by Mark Tulin

  1. Great post. I also feel as everything I want and chase are out my reach.
    I have also nominated you…

  2. I’ll have learned to be satisfied…….great line………..I work hard at this! Bless you!

  3. Society is distracting everyone, so they look in the wrong direction. Faster, faster, do look at the things going on behind the curtain. Hope you can see a way to slow down a bit, soon. 🙂

  4. We should all learn to be satisfied …….and everything will be simpler 😎

    • Right. Instead of getting a new car every year or wanting that new iPhone when the one you have is perfectly alright. The list, at least for me, goes on and on. Being satisfied is short lived. 🙂😎

      • We have a similar list and for what I get we share the same love for simplicity.there is nothing bad to like nice things but they must be not your aim or life and their possession must be only and exclusively satisfy you not serve to show the others or else that satisfaction will never arrive😀
        ( I love my little car ,it fits everywhere on the contrary of those chunky suv that most of moms have outside school😂😎💁🏻‍♀️🚘,my ego is not measured by the wheels I drive).

      • Love that line, my ego is not measured by the wheels I drive…Exactly, not to show others how rich and powerful you are but to enjoy. Showing off only makes you an object of disdain.

      • We run over twenty years ago from a very “showy”environment so I know well that world and I stay very away😎
        I ricever the book and I absolutely enjoyed the read.can I share it in a pic on my IG page?

      • absolutely, ortensia. 🙏🏻

      • Let’s show off a little😂😂😂😉

  5. parikhit dutta

    May be if we stopped chasing and running we’d be a happier lot. Let things chase us for a change 😀

  6. I think its a writer’s thing we all chase our dreams!

  7. What a super post, Mark! Really loved this and the bit of mystery as to “Why Chasing”!! I have that instinct in one or two areas, only! But as I started to read your piece it made me think, and laugh, that sometimes it makes me feel like some primal instinct – like a wolf or more like a dog chasing a car – wouldn’t know what to do if I caught it! LOL! Awesome!

    • I believe you’re right, RP. The need to chase is instinctive like a hunter’s mentality. Thanks for the repost. Peace.

      • Yes, exactly. So you captured so much here, perhaps a nudge? Why don’t you conjure this feeling/instinct up in a way that you can put it into a poem about a wolf but that also applies to us all! I think you could do a fantastic piece?? Just me! Ha!

      • All advice and ideas are welcome, RP. 🙂

  8. Writeurpassion1969

    I enjoy how all the poems that I have admired from you thus far, all tell an enticing story through your profound imagery .

  9. Lovely poem 🙂 Chasing things is part of the human nature and it gets amplified by the culture we live in, teaching us to never be satisfied and always want more…

    • Yes, very true Giulia. Chasing things is not a bad thing in itself, but when it gets excessive we get into trouble. So glad for your comment. 🙏🏻

  10. Hi Mark! Thanks for the follow on I Write Her. I like your blog, believe a return follow would be appropriate! I hope you enjoy my thoughts. Looking forward to digging into yours. 🙂

  11. The news is bleak these days; your poetry is uplifting!

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