The Telephone Call


The telephone call is illustrative

Of the essential element

Connecting personal relationships,

Innovative technology is driven

By the need to assure us

That the essential element

Will be rewarded with perpetuation,

That the telephone call

Is the wall erected against oblivion

And the force that lifts the gravity of recognition


Ted Goodell

June 7, 2015


The Squirrel


I was startled

At the sight

Of the squirrel

Lying dead in the road

A road infrequently used

Yet frequently enough

For man and squirrel

To Come within

The target zone of death

An oblivion ill-suited

To the sunny day

And what may be

The aspirations

Of a squirrel’s play

Now neither road nor man

Can take this

Pitiful event

To where the essence

Of a single life

Is spent


Ted Goodell

May 31, 2008



Is exercise a fiction

Fraught with fear

The open grave

Of yesteryear

That never knew

Of grace or health

But gave us

Secret bones

And grinning jowls

The scowling grunts

Of ape-like men

Pushed to oblivion

Their muscles

Strained in mud and stone

No thought of Life

No joy to shelter

All their strength

From pain


Ted Goodell

July 14, 2006