Watchmaker

The watchmaker lives

On the wisdom of tradition

Craftsman of the crescent and wheel

Surgically probing the hidden elusive curves

With years of precision planning

The watchmaker sits at his bench like a scribe

Searching the infinitesimal meaning

Of pinions and wheels layered in jewels

Where magnification and the lamp

Align the distal ends of banking pins

Riveting eyes that search for springs

Peering into the ticking heart of time

 

Ted Goodell

April 2017

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Cystoscopy

It would be misleading

To compare the cystoscopy

With the threading of a needle

The comparison is more like a

Ballet dancer pirouetting

Tip toe on a tight wire

Stretched between two anchors

Secured to a gurney of steel

The bladder the testis the penis

Impaled in supine submission

The muffled trio trapped

And straining to a slow thrust

Plying the rapier length of a pins point

Upward toward a shaft of light

 

Ted Goodell

April 2017