Something wonderful about Shabbat
Is that it’s usually a meal
The empty chair is for the prophet
Otherwise, the seats are full
Sullen children, indifferent older
Everyone has an agenda outside the room
But here the plates are full
There are prayers,
And we drink some wine
Where the holy rests
Inside the food or in the human heart
And that’s intention
C L Couch
Photo of 6-braid whole-wheat challah in the process of being shaped for baking.
Yoninah, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=772292
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
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