Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Meet a RWISA Author - Mary Adler!

Hi, beautiful readers! A couple of months ago, the Rave Writers - International Society of Authors (RWISA) hosted a showcase tour of many of their authors. I promoted many of them here, but I wasn't able to spotlight a few of them. So, I will be sharing these authors with you over the next several days.  I am a huge fan of these authors and hope that you will enjoy their newest works enough to look into some of their novels. :-) 

Meet Mary Adler! Today, I will share with you her poem called "Black Notes Beat."


I have studied and observed crows for years, and the more I’ve learned about them, the more I admire their complex family and flock relationships. They are intelligent, create and use tools, and they teach their skills to other crows. As Rev. Henry Ward Beecher said, “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows.”

Over the years, I have told my family and friends more than they ever wanted to know about crows. One person said, after hearing the stories I told about them, that she stopped trying to run crows down with her car. (There is so much wrong with that statement, that I don’t know where to begin.)

During the non-nesting period of the year, crows gather at night to roost together, sometimes in flocks of thousands. They are stealthy and take a roundabout way to the roosting place. They have good reason to be wary. For decades, humans have killed them, even dynamiting their roosting places at night.

Like many natural creatures, they are good and bad, depending on your viewpoint, and not everyone appreciates their beauty. But I love to watch them streaming across the sky--one small group after another--as they return from foraging to join the flock. When they are together, those who have found a safe source of food will tell the others where it is. They share, but only within their own flock.
One evening, after watching them move across the sky, I wrote this:

Black Notes Beat
Black notes beat
Unfurling dusk
                Across the bruising sky.

Quarter notes, half notes
Rise and fall.
Whole notes
        Rest on treetops.

An arpeggio of eighth notes
        Silently swirls,
Scribing a nocturne
in the fading light.

Softly they spill
        to the nighttime roost:

Now the still moment,
the last note fading,
No bows, no curtsies,
No fear of reviews.

They need no applause to perform their works.

Mary Adler

If you have enjoyed this author's writing, please visit her Author Page on the RWISA site, where you can find more of her writing, along with contact and social media links, if you've been turned into a fan.

Also, check out her books in the RWISA or RRBC catalogs.  Thanks, again for your support!  Don't forget to click the link below to learn more about this author:


  1. I was just thinking of this poem when I was outside and the crows were making themselves heard:)

    Thanks for posting this, Yvette!

    1. Mary does such a great job at capturing their essence. :-)

  2. Thanks Yvette for featuring Mary Adler. I love her crow stories. I love the animal kingdom and I found the story fascinating.

    Congratulations Mary.

  3. I loved Mary's observation about the Crows and will always think of her poem anytime I see a Crow! Thanks for re-sharing, Yvette!!

  4. Lovely poem and homage to the crows. Thank you, Mary and thanks Yvette for hosting!


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