a place to talk so talk I'll talk we'll talk



(for Cameron on World Down Syndrome Day)


we dream, stand up

we sense the world around us

we love what we know

we fear when we are the unknown


knowingly, love us

we love you

we love the world we have

in the family of care


trust us, we learn

we give and take, we want to

be a part of you

we’re born for that


and like you

as you

we make the way

of wonder


grow with us

love us

teach us

let us in the world


we are here, we are ready to serve

in our own way, yes, our way

which we share with you, all people

you know we are


receive and send

it is our way, isn’t it

we here on Earth

and in the clouds of soaring

dreams and directions


who knows where we land

but take off with us and all set down


our lives, our homes, our world

our given places

all our lives

all our loves


we dream, stand up


C L Couch


World Down Syndrome Day


Science Always Starts

Science Always Starts



Science always starts

With a question

Science always starts

This week’s question

This moment’s question

Have you seen this

Are you looking

Are you looking for

Have you seen

Are you looking

Precipitation Education

Why are there six


Why so many

Why so few

Science Opportunities for (the)


Opportunities for



For all schools to watch

For all

For all to watch

Exoplanet Transiting

Set to launch


Citizen Scientist Project


Citizen Scientist


Earth Right Now

Sun and Water Cycle

Water Cycle


Solar Week in March

In the month of spring

Solar Eclipse Workshops next

NASA Journey to Mars


Free Journey

Free Journey to Mars


Dome Education


Explore NASA Science


New website

NASA Science

New science

New science website

Are you looking for

Find science resources

Are you looking for resources

Did you miss last week’s

Nasa’s Science Education


Education on the web

The web


Did you miss



Are you looking

Did you miss

Find resources

Don’t miss



Check out


(Be) free






Science starts always

Always with a question

This Week’s Question

Have you seen

Have you this

Check out the latest


With a question

Have you seen

Have you this



You have a mission


C L Couch


(Inspired by “the latest edition of NASA Education’s ‘Science WOW!’—your source for NASA opportunities in science education delivered ‘Weekly On Wednesday.’”  Sent from








Inside land

Rock entrance

No way out behind

No desire to leave


Desert mothers

And fathers


In the middle of the world

Excavating wisdom


Penitents arrive


For what’s learned



Earth and rock and light

Are home

And everything

Is God


C L Couch


Jazz Mass

Jazz Mass


Welcome to this house

Of Monk


And many more



Billie Holiday

Muddy Waters

Buddy Rich who sticks for



Sacred syncopated

Earth and all stars

Their music turns

A service

Into lifetime crazy, holy



C L Couch



“Earth and all stars,” the first words of a hymn by Herbert Brokering composed for Saint Olaf College, Minnesota, first published in 1968


Valentine’s (prose-poem)

Valentine’s is Tuesday.  A day whose origin is in sacrifice and martyrdom.  In the pesky chapter of Ephesians, it’s how the role of husbands in marriage is described.  Like the role of Jesus to the church, his bride and for whom he gave his life.  The saint exchanged messages of love from his prison cell with his followers outside.  (Who knows but someone might have been in jail with him.)  Red is not for romance but for the color of the final cause.  Enjoy the greeting cards—I will—and chocolate.  And flowers for an augur of spring in the north.  But there are higher things to think of, among them how we love this day.  And to the next.

C L Couch

Old White Men Please Stop Running Things

Old White Men Please Stop Running Things


You’ve had your chance

And this is what you’ve got

While holding others from their turn


Earth is a hurting place, and

Can it get much worse?

Of course, it can


Which is why it’s time past time

To turn over what

Was never only yours


C L Couch





There is nothing to say

That hasn’t been said before

But if I feel something new,

I’ll try

With what I have

To say what to the world

Is the same old thing


C L Couch

Psalms 52 and 53

Psalm 52

song of passion


Some things are not enough even

From an impoverished place,

Contemplating gifts.


O God,

Where is your own longing?

And where might mine match yours?



Psalm 53

song of compassion



Why should you listen to me, anyway

But I’ll keep talking, just the same

Someone is missing

And others are searching

It’s far away

I don’t know anyone there


But there are hearts

And life that always matters

So I’ll ask

Sinner before the altar


Please help those in motion

Watch around (above, under) the rescue

Help us in our better work


Bless those in need of rescue


Bless the rescued

And the rescuer



C L Couch


New Year

New Year


The rooster

Takes a turn

(the monkey

Is my year)

Oriental means eastern

But in China it is meridian

The center

For people and the life


We take these years

In twelve,

Which is significant for

Occidentals, too

Maybe we should learn to count

Together, dismiss compass



Respecting the zenith

Of each degree

Each one


C L Couch


Happy Gregorian new year.  Happy lunar new year.

Still writing from a place of pain that tends to overwhelm.  I’ll be rethinking that relationship between art and suffering, sometime.

Meanwhile I’m trying.


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