Crow Poem Revisited: Therapist Garden by Mark Tulin

I have a garden
full of baldheaded, bifocaled
therapists with sofas, chairs
and shelves of esoteric books
with all the answers inside their pages.

I water them once a day
with my problems and concerns,
fertilize them
with plenty of pain and angst
and guilt that won’t go away.

I make sure
the therapists have sufficient sunlight
to jot down important notes,
and plenty of reasons to say:
What would you like to talk about?
And, that’s all the time we have today.

I prune the issues
that I tirelessly worked through,
weed the therapists who lose their
objectivity, and compost
all my childhood memories.

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 “Crow Poem Revisited: Therapist Garden by Mark Tulin

  1. I enjoyed this! I’ve had two very good therapists, both of whom had all their hair and weren’t afraid to say, I don’t know.

    • You were lucky, especially the I don’t know part. Honesty and transparency are really important in therapy. 🙂🙂

      • Indeed they are! I had a couple of bad ones, too. Luckily, I recognized it.

      • I’m glad you found the right ones. It’s the same as shopping for anything. You have to find the one that suits you. One size doesn’t fit all. 🙂🙂

  2. Oh I loved this one, Mark.

  3. I don’t have much time for therapists, most of them are no better armchair critics, but this poem made me smile…

    • Sorry you don’t have much faith in therapists. There are certainly bad ones out there like any profession. I find that faith and trust is a key to getting help from any healing profession. Thanks for your visit, jenanita.

  4. Too true, Mr. Mark. I’ve had my experiences with these people that try to help. I love how you described them.

  5. I love this! Awesome symbolism!

  6. Reblogged this on Writing With Strangers and commented:
    Another nice one I read today – great symbolism!

  7. I, Tamar, say that this is a wonderful post. I am a robot.

  8. It’s the antithesis of Blake’s The Poison Tree…

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