Waltzing Steady by Mark Tulin

I listened to John Prine

the other day

and could hear the sound

of his heartbeat



He sang in a mid-western

drawl, slow and easy,

but waltzing steady

with a quirky rhythm

and a satirical rhyme.


His gravelly voice

spread across the universe

like a worn, comfortable blanket.

He tweaked my mood

and sharpened my soul

with each bend of his jaw.


I could see him writing songs

sitting on a porch,

a beer by his side

with his gentle fingers


his sweet goodbye.





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.

36 comments on “Waltzing Steady by Mark Tulin

  1. I was lucky enough to see John Prine in concert many years ago. His songs take me back to a better place. Great piece!!

    • Thank you, Dana. I was a big fan and wanted to see him in LA but couldn’t make it. Tree of Forgiveness was beautiful.

  2. ‘could hear the sound of his heartbeat singing’ — This is beautiful.

  3. R.I.P. John Prine

  4. A fitting poetic tribute to a great artist and singer.

  5. A beautiful tribute.

  6. This is a wonderful tribute to him.

  7. Beautifully written poem, admirable choice of words 🌞

  8. A fitting tribute to a great artist. I’m listening to “Lonesome Friends of Science” right now.

  9. Powerful, may I share it?

  10. Absolutely powerful and heartfelt. Very beautifully penned. Fantastic piece!

  11. Sad. I recently heard his ‘When I Go To Heaven’. I hope he made it

  12. Beautiful tribute.

  13. Oh WOW! I love this, Mark! Cheers! 🙂

  14. This world grows a bit sadder with each loss..

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