A Gift to The Throne

A roll of toilet paper

Begins as a fully formed commodity

It is first seen in its full paper power

Stylistically and securely wound

Yard after yard like a sacred scroll

Layer upon layer surrounding a tube

It is softly ornamental

But its practical objective is indisputable

It contends with no rivals

For it has no rivals

Nor can it be rejected

When summoned to a throne

It has no vanity

Though its popularity is unsurpassed

It carries its silent secrets

Far from probing eyes

As it travels with fluid speed

Below the structures

Holding up the universal throne.


Ted Goodell

June 3, 2019


Cartoons are like

An animated Rorschach test

Their unique configurations

Activate the imagination

Giving us the space

To think with the freedom

Rendered by the cartoon artist

They are a safe escape

As technicolor waves

Rock us softly

In the interior night

Of a movie matinee


Ted Goodell

May 28, 2019