Poem: Sandpipers in the Bright Sunlight by Mark Tulin

I walk the beach to heal,
feeling the sand cushion and comfort
my tired feet.

I hear the sound of the calming wave,
see the sandpiper’s
long pecking beak and skinny legs
scurry in the bright sunlight.

With each mindful step, with each crashing wave,
I walk the beach as the rocks line the shore.

I find ease in each deep breath,
more freedom to stay in the vastness
of time and space.

I pass the ocean’s creations, its windy inventions, monuments of driftwood, objects molded out of seaweed—a shoe, a vest, a boat’s bow jutting from the sand.

Beyond I see the earth’s rotation, the universe in motion, feeling that my walk will be an endless circle of my imagination.

I stop and stand patiently as if on the skinny legs of the sandpiper, realizing that this was my first home, where it all began.

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.

17 comments on “Poem: Sandpipers in the Bright Sunlight by Mark Tulin

  1. this magnificent poem brought me so many beautiful visions. I so love to walk along the water barefoot, such a blessing to experience.

  2. I always go to the sea to heal. I sit on the beach, listening, feeling the calm as it soothes my soul…

  3. Wow. Truly incredible.

  4. I love this! It’s one of those poems when I say, How could this poet have known just what I was feeling and expressed it so precisely?

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