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.

I am an author, poet, humorist, and short story writer from Palm Springs, California. I write about various topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia to my years as a family therapist and finally to my soul-searching in California. These are poetic narratives that may have 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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