The Gnat

What eternity of time

Travels this tiny insect

To the unknown world of porcelain bowl

Trapped traveler long lost

In Paleozoic memories

Its fluttering message

Speaks as if we understood

The inexpressible union

Between evolutionary rivals.


Ted Goodell

March 20, 2019

The Geography Lesson

Mountains are high because they

Are ambitious and they work hard

To get up in the world

They believe in the theory

Of the molten force of plasticity

And if they are angered they can erupt

With explosive force rearranging

The territory they occupy

Forcing the crust of the lowlands

Into a strategy of resist and contain

Creating at times a climate of chaos

That cripples nations

And makes the priorities of governments

As ambiguous as the territorial boundaries

Of a flock of hungry ravens


Ted Goodell

March 11, 2019

The Brown Bear

The life of a wild animal is very brief

Especially when it suffers the indignity

Of being stuffed and posed and parked

In artificially dramatic situations

Or posed under conditions

Unrelated to its wild habitat

Like the stuffed Brown Bear

With his ferocious mouth

Stretched wide in fearsome form

Staged menacingly wearing a Santa Claus hat

At the company Christmas celebration

This gruesome comedy used as a prop

To support the winking bravery

Of the inebriated guests


Ted Goodell

February 25, 2019