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


At the crux of human behavior

We pride ourselves on sportsmanship

Is the hunter the exception

Is the sport of hunting the exception

I know of no other sport

Other than hunting

Where the outcome of the sport

Is predetermined

Where sportsmanship has been

Reduced to a slogan


I know of no sport

Other than hunting

Where the use of equipment

Is in the possession of only one player


I know of no other sport

Where the joy in participation

Is only granted to one player


If hunting is a sport

Why does the hunter

Win all the time


Ted Goodell

August 2018

The Pot Holder

There is an anthropological story

Lost in the archives

Of mankind’s libraries and museums,

A little known fact,

That along with the invention

Of fire and the wheel

The great surge of human progress

Was the invention of the pot holder,

A powerful force

In the slow ascendance

Toward our towering heritage

Toward human modernity.

The pot holder stands

Alongside human inventiveness

For life dominance,

As much as fire and wheel

But barely mentioned,

Deliberately silenced,

Lest its singular force

Cast doubt on human ingenuity.

For after fire,

And long before the wheel,

The pot holder can no longer be concealed,

For the paleological evidence

Is now quite clear,

Without the pot holder

In whatever form it might appear,

The modern human

Would not be here.


Ted Goodell

August 2018