The Hopeful Mind, by Mark Tulin


It’s the hopeful mind
I’m trying to find,
the one that doesn’t slip
through my fingers
or fade with change,
but stays in place
during trying times.

I’m not looking for anything
special or fancy
to celebrate a good fortune,
nor the serious kind
that weighs a person down.

A flickering light would be fine,
an optimistic sign,
a slight bend in the road
that says that something positive
is not far away.

I want a little hope,
a gift of promise,
a chance to find,
a gentle tap on the shoulder
in the comfort of an easy chair.

First published in Spillwords Press.

Photo by Alan Chen @unsplash.

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.

10 comments on “The Hopeful Mind, by Mark Tulin

  1. A slight bend in the road – like the deflected trajectory of light as it passes a massive object and thereby knows for sure that there really is “something bigger than me” whose influence I cannot ignore. I love the way you trigger me, Mark.

  2. I know the feeling . . .

  3. What a peaceful feeling it offers – but filled with a longing.

  4. Having hope is what keeps us going. Lovely, Mark.

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