The Cajun Navy
They launched in
In their boats—
Rough sailors who
Know the way of
Now in Louisiana
On high ground,
Crews set sail,
Who “don’t flood”
I use C L Couch when writing formally because it is a version of my name that's genderless. And, frankly, easier for handwriting--I have a severe writer's cramp. In conversation, I go by Christopher, having been named for the boy who had the poly bear and finally being (achieving) fine with that.
I use small Xes all the time because WordPress won't let me cut and paste the text from my program page to this one. (Grrrrrr.)
I am a career educator, semi-retired due to disability. I live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (USA).
The main photographs at this site (of the road, of me) were crafted by photographer and my friend Debra Danielson. A variety of her work is available for appreciation at
Thank you, lookers, hearers.--Christopher
August 18, 2016 at 3:46 am
oh dear. i hope they will be safe. I heard about the flooding in Louisiana too. that’s the same situation here. Our house’s submerged in water for a week now. 😦
Bless those rescuers! Love this meaningful poetry brother. ❤
August 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm
I’m sorry, and concerned, about what’s happening with you! Yes, it’s the same situation in Louisiana–flooded houses and, well, everything. These volunteers are so impressive. They took it on themselves to use their knowledge of the waters and their boats that have just the right draft to aid many, many others.
Sister, are you and yours safe? Are most folk okay? I mean, no one’s okay losing everything. But I hope everyone might be secure. Or mostly secure. My prayers are coming out your way as well as to the US South.
August 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm
I hope these men are alright as well. They are brave to help others submerged in the water. Rosema, I hope your family is alright too. Not a good thing at all. Too much atst, flooding, sometimes as don’t understand how people want to live in places, dealing with natural disaster most every year. Great write Christopher.
August 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm
Thanks, Amanda. These volunteers go in because they know the local waters better than many of the professionals. And now they have experience in rescuing. You’re so right, they risk themselves. It’s amazing work.