Poem: Lost Soul by Mark Tulin

A short-haired black soul
named Sidney
is missing from my body.

Sidney is a chubby soul
in a feline body
who likes to stop at 24-hour convenience stores
for Doritos and Beef Jerky.

Timid at times,
but capable of a good bellowing
or a brouhaha with the local strays
at the pool hall.

Sidney may run if approached
or lunge toward you if your fingers
taste of spiritual fish.

If you spot my disembodied soul
in a drunken stupor, fighting with other lost souls,
wailing out an old Sam and Dave song
or just wandering in search of salvation,
please notify me immediately.

I can be found crouching over a litter pan.

Author, poet, short story writer from Santa Barbara, California. I write about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching present in California. These are narratives that may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

7 comments on “Poem: Lost Soul by Mark Tulin

  1. A soulfully finger licking poem Mark, Hopefully a hungry return soon….

  2. blindzanygirl


  3. Sweet! Could Sidney be a boyfriend for my poor, Bunny? She’s a black kitty in need of love.

  4. a great little poem; the specifics give it authenticity; I loved those old Sam & Dave songs

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