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Poem: Board of Restless Wings


A former family therapist, Mark is an author, poet, and short-story writer who enjoys writing narrative poetry.

I'm holding my board at Morro Bay.

I'm holding my board at Morro Bay.

Inspiration for "Board of Restless Wings"

My water recreation in California consists mainly of bodyboarding and stand-up paddling in the bay and marina. When the big waves come (ten to twenty feet high and higher), I usually take a seat on my beach chair and watch the more experienced surfers or I get out my camera and head to the Mesa in Santa Barbara and take pictures of all the surfers from the edge of a cliff. I have much admiration for those supremely athletic surfers who could ride the big waves and make it look so effortless and fun. Note: All the pictures, including the ones in my YouTube version, come from the Mesa in Santa Barbara.

Poem: Board of Restless Wings

The board stays stable amidst

the chaos of the unpredictable

and the swirling sky

of the Gods of California.

The board glides with restless wings,

hovering above the water’s surface,

a waxed bird in the ocean of fairy tales.

The board has its own dialect

Its unique rhythm and movement

through a mind-body connection,

a balancing of the soul.

The board says:

Go with the rumbling swell

Ride me as long as you can

in the twisting, curling undertow.

The board is loose and free

by a single heartbeat,

characterized by an adventurous spirit,

surrounded by a fearless surge.

A process that will quickly unfold

surprising those who are ready

to stand upright on the tightrope

of hope and trust.

A dream that once seemed impossible,

a surfing pleasure ride,

barefooting in the clouds

above the sea of transformation.

Board of Restless Wings


Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on November 01, 2018:

A moving meditation. Great way to relax, too. Hope you try it, Nell.

Nell Rose from England on November 01, 2018:

Awesome! I have never done surfing of any kind, but now I want to!

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 07, 2018:

Thank you, Tamara

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on October 07, 2018:

A beautiful poem that is fully alive! ♥️

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 07, 2018:

Being a therapist for years must have given me something, I suppose. Perhaps a little bit of wisdom and patience. Good point about the board—a metaphor for the soul. As always, Manatita, it’s a pleasure to hear your comments and to read your poems.

manatita44 from london on October 07, 2018:

Beautifully written, like the soul, the board want's to experience ... to be free.

We have a film in our Centre on the Spirituality in surfing.

I met the world champion once, maybe 15 years ago. A native hawaiian

He came to meet my spiritual teacher and we showed one of his films. Breathtaking!

Good to see you Mark. Your face is one of wisdom. God bless.

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 06, 2018:

Thank you, Kshipra for those kind words.

Kshipra Pal on October 06, 2018:

Mark, such an awe inspiring poem! Also, that video at the end and the way you read it out and rendered it, gave me goosebumps!

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 03, 2018:

Tim, I enjoyed your response to the poem. In fact, it sounded like a poem about my poem—freedom from the boardrooms and boarded up buildings. I’m honored by your input and your encouragement.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 03, 2018:

Your voice and the lines you wrote, Mark, brought the calm and majestic Pacific Ocean to my laptop and to my soul. Board, waves, poem - an extension of the experience of being alive - finding freedom from the crashing waves of life, away from boardrooms, boarded up houses, climbing aboard that wonderful floating board.

California dreaming on the East coast.

To a master poet and writer,

Much respect and admiration,



Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 03, 2018:

Sometimes I feel that I’m having more fun watching the surfers than they are surfing. Thank you, Chitrangada.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 02, 2018:

An enjoyable and well expressed poem!

I enjoy watching the Sea waves and the surfers. I can imagine the thrilling experience, they have.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem!

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 02, 2018:

Thank you, Maya. I’m glad you enjoyed.

Maya Ellenson from Hobe Sound, Florida on October 02, 2018:

Mark, I really enjoyed your poem. You fully conveyed the magic of surfing board ride.

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 01, 2018:

Thanks, John. I think the board and the surfer need to have a good marriage.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 01, 2018:

You describe the thrill of riding the waves so well Mark, and as though the board itself is controlling it. I love your reading of the poem especially.

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 01, 2018:

Thank you, Venus.

Venus Mary from Panamá on October 01, 2018:

You print with letters, the sensation of skiing in the water, in a poetic way, capturing all the scenes and emotions. I really liked your poem.

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 01, 2018:

I’ve been told it feels like flying but with a powerful force at your feet. Thank you, Peggy for stopping by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2018:

I really liked your poem especially this line: "a waxed bird in the ocean of fairy tales." Surfing is something that I have never tried doing but I certainly admire the people that make it seem so simple. It must be quite the adrenalin rush when the waves are big.

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