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Poetic Whispers in Santa Barbara

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Mark Tulin is an author who lives in California. He has four books of poetry and one short story collection, available on Amazon.

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The American Riviera—Santa Barbara, California

I had a long lapse of creative inactivity, but in 2012, I took a significant risk. I sold my house, left a well-paying job, and my girlfriend and I packed a few belongings into my Prius and moved from cold Philadelphia to sunny Santa Barbara.

Once in California, I felt my creative juices flowing again. The writer's muse was awakened by the beauty of Santa Barbara, which is often referred to as the American Riviera. Santa Barbara is a small coastal city with a Mediterranean climate that has a strong Spanish vibe.

It was here that I made major life changes, letting go of the many things I thought were important, including a career as a family therapist, financial security, as well as the city of my birth. In addition, being close to the ocean every day gave me the necessary mind-space to start writing again.

Enjoy my poetic tribute to Santa Barbara, a place that helped to expand my horizons.

Poetic Whispers in Santa Barbara

In Santa Barbara,
my poetic dreams drift
with the marine layer,

stars hang over
palm trees,

mountains
kiss the ocean,

crescent moons
display a gentle tilt,

nights grow longer,
tides move closer
to the shore,

daybreak rises,
setting up stakes
in nature’s wake,

roamers entranced
by the beauty
of the mermaid’s song,

tugboats sound horns
for harbor safety,

pelicans fly effortlessly
in a syncopated rhythm

and Yemaya, the sea goddess,
whispers
peace and clarity.

Comments

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on October 01, 2021:

Li-Jen, your comment shows great insight and compassion. Thank you for expressing it so succinctly. Yes, my healing is a work in progress, after a difficult transition. Much like my poetry. Mark.

Li-Jen Hew on October 01, 2021:

Your poem sounds serene, peaceful and paints a wonderful picture of Santa Barbara. I hope you are feeling well after the major changes in your life. You were brave to let go of many things and it must have been hard for you to heal.

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on September 30, 2021:

You're welcome, Shauna. For me, it was either take a risk to find a better life or stay buddled-up in the safety of cold Philadelphia.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 30, 2021:

Mark, I just read the story you linked to. What a love story! You both really took a leap of faith and apparently, it's still paying off.

Very cool. Thanks for sending me to that wonderful read!

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on September 30, 2021:

Thank you, Rinita Sen. I live in Palm Springs now, but I go back as much as I can.

Rinita Sen on September 30, 2021:

Your poem is so dreamy it makes me want to visit Santa Barbara right away! Glad you moved!

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on September 29, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda. Santa Barbara is in the Central Coast of California and Palm Springs is southeast California and in the desert.

The relationship and the move was more intuitive than logical. As for meeting someone online, I got to know her voice, her words, and her personality first before the physical appearance, which seemed to work for me.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 29, 2021:

Mark, your poems always delight me with their simple lines. Thanks.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Mark

Okay...is Santa Barbara & Palm Springs the same?

I doubt it, but it says Mark Tulin, Palm Springs.

You definitely took a unique & daring chance in life. It seems to have paid off.

I read the link you posted for Shauna.

Quite an intriguing story. Me, I don't know that I could.

I like meeting someone in person first.

But then again, you said goodnight & goodmorning each day.

Most men don't do this...so you obviously felt a strong connection.

Personally, I love that kind of connection, but too many fear they might lose their identity by becoming that close.

California has treated you well. Your poem, as most of your poems, paints us a lovely picture.

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on September 29, 2021:

You’re welcome, Miebakagh.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on September 29, 2021:

Mark, I enjoy the delightful read. Thanks.

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on September 29, 2021:

Back to Shauna. I had wanted to come out here since a teenager and made one failed attempt at 19. Then at age 58, five years after a divorce, I met a woman from California playing online Scrabble and decided to take the plunge. More details in a past Hubpage. https://letterpile.com/personal-essays/How-to-Find...

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on September 29, 2021:

Thank you, John. I am now living in the desert. Quite a switch.

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on September 29, 2021:

Thanks, Umesh

Mark Tulin (author) from Palm Springs, California on September 29, 2021:

Thanks, Shauna. I hope I'm fortunate. Due to different circumstances, we are now in our fourth California residence, and next year will be our fifth. We are shooting for L.A. It was not my intention to move so much but I'm certainly seeing the different sides of California.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 29, 2021:

Well composed. Nice poetry.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 29, 2021:

It sounds like you made the right move, Mark. Santa Barbara sounds like a beautiful place. The poem was a delight.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 29, 2021:

Mark, I love the title of this poem and the story behind it. I know you are originally from Philly. How did you choose California as your destination? Judging from the soulful sentiment of this poem, you absolutely made the right choice. I feel the peace and clarity. You're a fortunate man!

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