THE COMPANY OF CROWS
Illustrated by: Linda Saport
Published by: Clarion Books, 2002
Copyright © Marilyn Singer 2002

The Company of Crows

(excerpt)

THE FATHER
Crows like company.
Family breakfasts
on hot summer mornings,
Neighborly roosting
on cold winter nights.
Sometimes it is fine to be
just one
To sail a sweet breeze
To walk a frozen pond
To wander on your own from town to country
and back again.
But always we return to flocks,
feasts, and complications.
Leave solitude to woodpeckers,
hummingbirds, phoebes,
evil owls, hateful hawks.
We are crows.
And crows like company.