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City of Angles and Approaches

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City of Angles and Approaches

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Steel city

Iron city

City of bridges

Renaissance city

First gateway

To the west

City of immigrants

City of technology,

Once heavy manufacturing

Collapsed

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City of

Corporate headquarters

Three wide rivers merge

The Allegheny and the Monongahela

Meet to form

The Ohio

Cargo moves from Pittsburgh

Down the Ohio

To meet the Mississippi

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City of

Great universities

And hospitals

Expensive housing

While expanding

City of neighborhoods

Old

Entrenched in the best way

And changing

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City of

Triangular streets

(those three rivers)

Midwest

Meets Appalachia

Mines and mills

Mostly closed

With careers and lives

Changing or still

Like statues without hearts

As well as movement

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Life must move

This great city moves

My childhood home

I leave and return

Come back, it says

Drive through the tunnels

And behold me

Take the funiculars

Again

Gaze at me from

Mount Washington

I am here

For so many people

I’m here for you

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C L Couch

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(on the last day while visiting with family)

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Photo by Meriç Dağlı on Unsplash

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Such and Such a Church in Louisville, Kentucky

Such a Church in Louisville, Kentucky

 

I hope it is still there

The black church I attended Sunday morning

Louisville in 1983

We were the only white folk there

The service went for hours (yes, it did)

And we were made so welcome

I’d like to have stayed for hours more

For Presbyterians, there was a lot of moving

 

Clapping and the singing was fantastic

Because they meant it

(it was tuneful, too)

The praying must have gone straight to heaven

Having made faithful conduits

Such an ordinary feature

 

We would have more meetings

Take our leave and go our separate ways

But we were together, then

Sinews in a toned body of

A holy congregation ‘round the world

When such people meet for such a purpose

Holy, holy, holy

 

C L Couch

 

 

Photo by Akira Hojo on Unsplash

Reykjavík, Iceland

 

Lent 18

Lent 18

(synthesis)

 

I romanticize

Apologies for that that

I think we need to give ourselves

A pause

And a chance

For something good

 

Deserving of so many

Repentance for the rest

Then everyone can have

 

Color, sound, texture

In life

To have it fully

With safety in

Awareness

 

There’s more, of course

And that’s all right

Ask not what the heaven’s for

But how is life on

Earth today

 

C L Couch

 

 

Suburbia ved Tranberg på Gjøvik

Øyvind Holmstad – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48486425

 

Lent 17

Lent 17

(city life)

 

Then the mouse

Visits the cousin in the city

There is noise

Fantastic noise

From machines and gravelly

Human movement

Friction protesting air

There are scarves and neckties

Inside collar buttons

And closed sleeves

And shoes will never be the same

 

There is energy in mass

Sometimes it’s a push against

The lack of complementary understanding

 

There is metal

But there’s metal everywhere

There is plastic that has become

A universal challenge

 

All forms might matter

All substances invite

All cities are a marvel

And all this only on arrival

 

C L Couch

 

 

Photo by Thomas Habr on Unsplash

Empire State Building, New York, United States

I was in the US for the first time, I have visited all the places and that includes Empire State Building, I’ve been waiting for the sunset 4 hours there, I was freezing but it was worth the shot. Hope you like it.

 

Lent 16

Lent 16

(village life)

 

In enclaves

In clusters

We persist

Small-town living yet with

All our senses

 

We hear the seasons overhead;

Molecules of air

Have time to light on us

There might be swans

Upon the river

Lights under the bandstand

That switch on at night

Having charged by day

Through solar panels

 

And we might sit

On chairs filigreed in style

Sipping coffee as we like it

In a café set along

A narrow street

Beside a water’s edge

Redolent of all scents

Mostly fair,

 

Where we might talk

Or simply stop

The moments

Silently using

All we are

 

We might have work to do

Outside

We will

This could be a day off

Or after chores

Or some time we manage

By our own

An hour we must have

Somewhere inside

 

C L Couch

 

 

Image by Jörg Peter from Pixabay

 

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