Still Christmas in Berlin
No romance for the moment
Christ child forgotten
In the press of madness and of stirring
To complement the cowardice in Nice
Undeclared, ununiformed men
Who know no better
Than to render a cause stupid
Stealing life from love
The gospel of the season
That will outlast you
C L Couch
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
December 20, 2016 at 11:37 pm
Thank goodness that gospel message gets through! Despite, all that happens. Wanted to personally thank you again for writing a referee letter for me for my MFA. I didn’t get in this year, but I’m going to try next October again. In the mean time, U of Toronto offers a certificate program in Creative Writing. I can just take one or two courses to aid me in my MFA application. Hopefully, the courses will show I can still attain high marks in the area of writing 🙂 praying you’re well. It’s nice to see you write a poem once in a while still. Have a Merry Christmas Christopher!