"The Letter" by Władysław Czachórski‘An Ode To Letters’ and Other Poetry by Russel Winick The Society January 8, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 21 Comments . An Ode to Letters We cannot be sure what the future will hold, But I doubt this prediction will fail. That no one will ever unearth in an attic An old treasure trove of email. . . Outvoted In my marriage I have noted That when all is said and done, I seem to find myself outvoted By a vote of one to one. . . Russel Winick recently started writing poetry at nearly age 65, after ending a long legal career. He resides in Naperville, Illinois. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 21 Responses James A. Tweedie January 8, 2021 Russell, Will you please be my lawyer? I say this because I woke up too early this morning, checked the first posting at SCP, read your second poem first and started laughing! In my marriage, at least, there is no such thing as a tie vote. In my house, the “No” always wins!” When I stopped laughing I read your first poem and started in all over again! We have lost so much with technology. Although I do not miss the rotary telephone dial, I do miss the satisfaction of actually “hanging up” on someone, even to the point of slamming the phone back onto the receiver. Try doing that with an Android or i-phone! The humor in each poem was allowed to shine in all its glory insofar as the meter and rhyme were polished well-enough to support and not distract from the wit. Reply Paul A. Freeman January 8, 2021 Following your tangent, James, the other day I was wondering if youngsters still use the terms ‘dial a number’, ‘Who’s on the line?’ and ‘hang up’, even though the terms are technically obsolete. Reply Russel Winick January 8, 2021 Thank you Jim. I agree with your sentiments about technology, and greatly appreciate your feedback on the poems. Reply Joe Tessitore January 8, 2021 I handed my phone to Mrs. T. and asked her to read “Outvoted”. She tried her best to stifle her laughter, but it very quickly got the better of her. I think, Mr. Winick, that you must be on to something. Reply Russel Winick January 8, 2021 Thanks Joe. As the old baseball ump said, just “calling ‘em as I see ‘em..”. Reply Beverly S Stock January 8, 2021 You started my day with a smile. You are spot on. Thank you! Reply Russel Winick January 8, 2021 I’m glad to hear that Beverly. Thank you. Reply Bruce Wren January 8, 2021 Loved especially that your second poem! Succinct, good rhythm, and super clever! Kudos! Reply Russel Winick January 8, 2021 Thanks Bruce, that’s nice to hear. Reply Paul A. Freeman January 8, 2021 Both the wife and the kids outvote me! Reply Russel Winick January 8, 2021 Paul: One of my friends said to me: “At least you have a vote.” Thanks! Reply Russel Winick January 8, 2021 Thank you so much Mary. Once, my wife shocked me by saying: “You’re the boss.” I asked: “Then what are you?” She replied: “The boss of the boss.” No doubt, and it’s for my own good. Reply Joseph S. Salemi January 8, 2021 About the slow but steady elimination of regular letters by e-mail, let me say the following. If you have sent an important e-mail to someone and you want to “put it in the attic” for your descendants to find, just print out a hard copy of the e-mail and store it safely. I have maintained a steady and detailed correspondence with an old friend for seven years running, and every single one of our e-mails has been printed out, numbered, and carefully preserved. As I go back and peruse the two thousand e-mails, I’m amazed at how much important information they contain — some of which I had already mostly forgotten! Reply Jeff Eardley January 8, 2021 Short, sweet and to the point. Marriage should be give and take, which normally ends up as, I give, you take. And hand-written letters are things to treasure. Thank you for these two excellent poems. Reply Russel Winick January 8, 2021 Thanks for your thoughts, Jeff. I share your love of hand-written letters. Reply Benjamen Grinberg January 8, 2021 Witty. And true. Reply Russel Winick January 8, 2021 Thank you Benjamin. I appreciate your feedback. Reply Christopher Flint January 9, 2021 I suspect you are dreadfully wrong. Many attics will lead us to find mother lodes of such email within old compuuters and drives to be mined. Not to mention old media, where, it was backed up in files still there!. ————- As for voting you can’t seem to win, you’re supposed to just bear it and grin. What’s subtracted from yours is awarded to hers. The system’s “dominion” you’re in. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant January 10, 2021 Clever, amusing and thought-provoking. Thank you, Russel. Reply David Watt January 11, 2021 Russel, your witty and concise poems provided me with a smile. The hand-writing of letters is fast becoming a forgotten art, along with the ability to compose memorable paragraphs. An emoji or two will never quite make up for the lack of well chosen words. Reply Russel Winick January 11, 2021 Thank you David. I agree that while email, texting, and other contemporary forms of communication are quite useful, they will not often equate with the well thought out, handwritten letters of yore. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.