Symphony in the Trees, a Poem by Mark Tulin


I close my eyes and listen to the sounds that crows make,
serious and playful, graveling and intense;
sounds that come from a primordial place.

I listen to the silence between their calls.
I try to make sense of their world
as I sit at the edge of my bed
just before the sun rises.

One crow caws five times,
waits for a response and within seconds
another crow echoes out,
a ripple in a vast pool of water
as hundreds of crows cry all at once
like a symphony in the trees.

Speaking a language that they only know
before they start their daily routine,
warning of predators, locations of food,
where they could find a stable vine
to rest upon.

When my friends scatter from the trees,
my morning meditation ends.
Forever to be mindful of the crow.

Author, poet, short story writer from Santa Barbara, California. I write about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching present in California. These are narratives that may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

22 comments on “Symphony in the Trees, a Poem by Mark Tulin

  1. There is a tree across the pond where we are now and every morning there are at least 7 crows. All talking just like the ones you listen to. Nice post.

  2. I think if we listen very closely, we can make out what they’re saying.

  3. Theirs is a different world…

  4. sometimes they’re so loud in the morning, that’s all we can hear!

  5. When the crows gather with loud chatter on the branches of a tree behind our apartment complex, I know that a storm is on its way.

    Thanks for the follow πŸ™‚

  6. This is beautiful, Mark! I love listening to the birds as well. Amazing. Thank You and Cheers!!! πŸ™‚

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