Sideway Snow | Mark Tulin

My soul buried deep in the jaws of a blizzard

My heart yearns for a fiery hearth,

flannel-lined pants to lessen the chill,

insulated boots to keep the frostbite at bay,

and a furry hat to protect my chaffed pate

 

I keep trudging, or I’ll lose my faith

A clear sidewalk is my only salvation

A promise that Spring will be arriving

Sideway snow pummels my face

As I tangle with nature’s snowy fate.


Mark Tulin lives in California. He has authored Magical Yogis, Awkward Grace, The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in Vita Brevis, Amethyst Review, Ariel Chart, Active Muse, among others. Follow Mark at Crow On The Wire and Twitter, Crow_writer.

Steam Vent Vapors | Mark Tulin

The homeless guy I pass on my way to work

has a collection bowl between his legs,

looking up with teary eyes,

saying the good lord is watching over me

as the steam vent vapors rise in February

 

Something in those words mattered

as I bent down and gave him some change,

waiting at the bus stop in the snow,

I hear his voice, his lonesome plea:

please spare a dollar for a cup of coffee.


Mark Tulin lives in California. He has authored Magical Yogis, Awkward Grace, The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in Vita Brevis, Amethyst Review, Ariel Chart, Active Muse, among others. Follow Mark at Crow On The Wire and Twitter, Crow_writer.

Crow Winter | Mark Tulin

Like crows, we forage in the winter,

pick through cans and dumpsters

that freeze in December,

and weed through paper bags

in the sleety rain

 

Like lepers, we cover our faces,

hover around a trashcan of fire

to keep us warm

in the snowy vacant lot

of cold hands and icy hearts.


Mark Tulin lives in California. He has authored Magical Yogis, Awkward Grace, The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in Vita Brevis, Amethyst Review, Ariel Chart, Active Muse, among others. Follow Mark at Crow On The Wire and Twitter, Crow_writer.

A Swirling Van Gogh Sky | Mark Tulin

I wake up to an epiphany
An April morning of solemnity
An ocean flowing with passion
A swirling Van Gogh sky
A burning masterpiece
Of light and color
Radiant in its bounty
Rotating on the earth’s axial tilt
A spinning kaleidoscopic globe
Orangey reds and mystical blues
Awakening adventurous lives.


Mark Tulin is a former therapist who lives in California. Mark has two poetry books, Magical Yogis and Awkward Grace, available at Amazon.com. The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories will be published in August of 2020. He’s been featured in Vita Brevis, Amethyst Review, Free Verse Revolution, among others. Follow Mark at Crow On The Wire and on twitter, Crow_writer.

Selected by the editor as a featured submission, September 2020