To a Cat Named Patches

Sagacious little cat

Quicker than a gnat

You found your home

Without a map

And chose the comfort

Of a human lap

Oh quizzical little cat

Is this deep sleep

Or a long nap


Ted Goodell

September 2018



Using the stairway railing

For guidance and support

The fragility of aging movement

Fondly searching for the equilibrium

Her husband’s arm provides

Upwards they slowly climb

Confronting the effort in their learned security

Together entwined

Their discipline inspiring

The boldness of their task

They climb the cliff of stairs

To finally reach the pinnacle

Upon a concrete mountaintop of air.


Ted Goodell

August 2018