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Poetic Whispers in Santa Barbara

Mark Tulin is a baseball fan from Philadelphia, PA. He has four books of poetry and one short story collection, available on Amazon.


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,

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,
peace and clarity.

© 2021 Mark Tulin

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