By Mark Tulin
A torrential downpour washed away her dreams, and took her down a spiral of despair I rushed toward her like a lifeguard, rescuing the rain-soaked girl, whose broken spirit left her drowning in a tearful tsunami I found her in dangerous waters, gave her a life preserver to hold, a shoulder to cry on, and a heart that would never break.
A Prideful Glide
Drifting on fumes from family and friends, we glide over the Pacific, over sailing ships and jetties, flapping in syncopated rhythms of Pelicans undulating We swoop and soar, catching each other's backdraught, having faith in our leader who guides us by chance We take a prideful glide into glory, making new pathways in the air.
Atop a Speeding Bullet
To catch the big one To be brave enough to ride an unpredictable wave and to balance on its apex To watch the world atop a speeding bullet To know the power in its curl that lasts as long as a carnival ride And then to allow yourself to be eaten up and broken and to casually get back up on your polyurethane board.
Light of an Early Sun
I surf upon the blue water with the light of an early sun and hear the sounds of the ocean like a soothing metronome I peer into the distance paddling with cupped hands heading toward the horizon drifting with the fog I feel the misty refreshing cool in a buoyant swell of mercy in a strong wave of energy wrapped in a spongy suit of glory.
Dangle from the Moon
Between tall palms where the sky opens up, I see past the earth into an unlimited realm I can understand the way of all things, find my place in the universe Between tall palms, I can dangle from the crescent moon with one hand, and catch stars with the other I can dream up a fantasy that might come true one day, launch my own rocket ship without being called a fool I can hang out with Venus, float around the solar system, avoiding asteroids in space like a boundless schoolyard game.
Mark Tulin is a former psychotherapist who lives in California. He has a Pushcart Prize nomination for short story by Active Muse and authored Magical Yogis, Awkward Grace, The Asthmatic Kid and Other Stories, and Junkyard Souls. He appeared in numerous publications and podcasts. He can be found at https://www.crowonthewire.com.