Depiction of Isaiah in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel fresco‘Isaiah 5:20—Uncancellable’ and Other Poetry by Russel Winick The Society April 11, 2021 Culture, Poetry 10 Comments . Isaiah 5:20—Uncancellable They often call good evil, And call the evil good. Misclassifying basics? One wonders how they could. With light for darkness put, And darkness put for light, Seems schooling, friends, and news, Reversed what’s wrong and right. Then put sweet for the bitter, And bitter for the sweet, Such tales proliferate As cancelling’s complete. Totalitarian effects They readily ignore, With dubious assertions, Of ends they’re striving for. And thus they will continue To transform society, Inevitably opposite Of how it’s claimed to be. Deception unabated, Can’t question what they say, But reckoning will come, As woe on Judgment Day. . . Changed Priorities Though equal rights for women, Was once cause celebre, It’s being cancelled now, Unchampioned today. Requiring females race Against a kid born male, Due to biology, Ensures that most will fail. No sketchy science claims, Can controvert this fact, So only changed priorities Explain the new law backed. . . 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) 10 Responses Cynthia Erlandson April 11, 2021 Excellent, and prophetic! I’m sure Isaiah would approve. Reply Gail April 11, 2021 Indeed. Reply Russel Winick April 11, 2021 Thank you Cynthia and Gail. I tried to stay faithful to that marvelous passage. Reply Mo April 11, 2021 The negative- All you say is correct. The positive – There is comfort in knowing others can see the reality. Reply Russel Winick April 11, 2021 That’s true. Thank you! Reply mark whitters April 11, 2021 Believer or non-believer, in private we all deeply hope for a comeuppance in the face of such injustices. Unfortunately we can’t say so publicly! Reply C.B. Anderson April 12, 2021 You just did. Welcome to The Society of Classical Poets. Reply Yael April 11, 2021 That’s a great rendering of Isaiah 5:20 plus commentary, all in one neat and contemporary sounding poem. I agree with Cynthia that Isaiah would approve. Reply Russel Winick April 11, 2021 Thank you Yael. I much appreciate your feedback. Reply Cheryl Corey April 16, 2021 Welcome to the “Po biz” Mr. Winick. If you’re interested in books on writing poetry, here are a few of my staples: the very readable “Making Your Own Days” (Kenneth Koch, 1998); “Writing Metrical Poetry” (William Baer, 2006); “A Poet’s Guide to Poetry” (Mary Kinzie, 1999) – a little more technical and challenging, it includes exercises. Also, if you can get your hands on them, Perrine’s “Sound and Sense”, and “Rhyme’s Reason” (John Hollander, 1981) – a slim 50 page booklet/primer on versification and meter. 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.