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
October 21, 2016 at 11:31 am
Beautiful poem, very moving… there is always something noble when it comes to trees… no wonder why some people believe that if you want to leave a legacy you need to have a son, write a book and plant a a tree.
October 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm
Thank you for your response! I agree; trees are noble. Even the smaller ones bear majesty. Since trees are in our care, they are legacy as well.
October 23, 2016 at 1:21 am
I love your poetic wording and the story you tell here Christopher. It seemed as a boy you very much liked those two trees, had a tree-house there. The large tree falling in the storm was an act of God, but to the boy in you, feels somehow wrong. As you say “so close to wrong.” For me to the boy, this feels more like carnage of war, of the storm. I enjoyed all your references to trees in literature and fairytale as well. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Disney Cartoon Movie ‘Pocahontas’ but there is a great tree in that movie. I also think of the trees in the movie ‘Avatar.’
October 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm
I saw the movie and that tree! You’re right, those two trees were important to me, especially the one of them I climbed to set myself on the treehouse floor. The word “carnage” rings true to my feeling, though I hadn’t thought of that before. I’m thankful for the way the poem comes across to you!
October 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm
Hi Christopher. I nominated you for the three quotes, three days challenge. If you’d like to participate see here:
October 24, 2016 at 1:43 am
Thank you, Amanda!
October 23, 2016 at 8:57 am
love how you tell a story poetically, brother. your words are great so as the trees you love during your childhood. i feel you in every word. 🙂
October 23, 2016 at 8:26 pm
Goodness, sister, I’m delighted in the way this story appeals to you.
October 24, 2016 at 12:39 am
i am glad i delighted you! 😉