1954 Black and White Photo by Mark Tulin/

1954 Black and White Photo was originally posted on A Thin Slice of Anxiety.

~1954 Black and White Photo~

Dressed in a mohair coat,
a suit and tie, and a Fedora,
my father posed for a Polaroid
on top of the Empire State Building
My parents were on their honeymoon,
before my first breath,
before the sun shined in my eyes
and I discovered a moon in the sky
Before my world became a Tonka truck,
a snowsuit with mittens attached,
a three-wheel bike with streamers,
and a case of Celiac
I never thought an old photo
would have so much value
Until I saw myself
in the memory of my father.


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.

9 comments on “1954 Black and White Photo by Mark Tulin/

  1. What a wonderful photo! Men were so put together then☺️

  2. I LOVE this poem!!

  3. A superbly penned piece of personal nostalgia, which touchngly resonated with me ..

  4. Janet Gogerty

    A few words conjur up so much.

  5. Theresa

    Beautiful tribute to your father, Mark. Thank you for sharing.

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