The Telephone Call


The telephone call is illustrative

Of the essential element

Connecting personal relationships,

Innovative technology is driven

By the need to assure us

That the essential element

Will be rewarded with perpetuation,

That the telephone call

Is the wall erected against oblivion

And the force that lifts the gravity of recognition


Ted Goodell

June 7, 2015

Heat Wave

It broke into a crescendo

Of heat

Each spear of the sun’s rays

Striking the dazed figures

That seemed to crawl

Along the parched pavements

Of a tediously listless day

Even time was scorched

And squeezed the

Languid energy

From sweating skin

Now as the air

Plumes her heavy wings

Even the heat

Begs for rain.


Ted Goodell

September 2, 2007