One More


Some might say

Since we are ash

At the end, then

Let us burn now


They are wrong

Enough goes up

In flame, not the

Good kind, either

Not the sun

That through the

Ozone give us

Life, that lights up

The moon for our



The flame that

Takes, we understand

As Pogo says, this

Enemy is us


And yet the comic

Character is funny;

My dad read him

Later quoted him

Year in, year out


And he is right:

We know the enemy,

And it is funny

Laughter, sardonic,

Otherwise, does

Drive the devil

Mad, so much so

There’s a rule,

No jokes in hell


So breathe and

Do not breathe for


Is more water,

Sometimes with a

Kick, always more

Until the barkeep

Calls last call,


There having been

Enough, even if

We are left, human

Will in strange

Partnership with

Eternity, wanting

While we’re here

One more


C L Couch



Photo by Chronis Yan on Unsplash


“We have met the enemy and he is us” is a parody of a message sent in 1813 from U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to Army General William Henry Harrison after his victory in the Battle of Lake Erie, stating, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”


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