Poetry

Spiritual Poetry: Baptism by Mark Tulin

At the baptism,
I dipped you in sacred water
and lit the candle,
watching your flawed nature
turn clean and pure
under the flickering light.

Without a sliver of doubt,
you swam with dampened hair

past the bleeding Jesus on the crucifix

through the church’s stained glass window
into the colors of eternity.

Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

28 comments on “Spiritual Poetry: Baptism by Mark Tulin

  1. Very thought provoking Mark
    “Without a sliver of doubt,
    you swam with dampened hair
    past the bleeding Jesus on the crucifix
    through the church’s stained glass window
    into the colors of eternity.”

  2. blindzanygirl

    OMG. This is just pure brilliance!

  3. sweet words mixed with the reality of a spiritual experience

  4. Gorgeous, Mark!

  5. wow……”into the colors of eternity” you left me wanting to read more, so good!

  6. Theresa Ruiz

    Beautiful in its simplicity and so descriptive. That’s exactly how I felt at Scarlett’s baptism and when J.M. was baptized. I especially felt that as a Godmother to Miss Lauren. Thank you, Mark!

  7. This is a riveting picture of the scandal of Grace.

  8. The thought of an Omnicient and Omipresent Godleaving His throne to become a slave, a King choosing the life of a commoner in order to save you, me… it always amazes me how God uses simple things or simple people to perform wonders. We are baptised and made clean by water through His Grace. Nothing of His is laboured for or earned. It’s just His Grace… We all know we don’t deserve it but He gives it just the same…

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