"The Land of Cockaigne" by Pieter Brueghel the ElderA Poem on Affirmative Action: ‘Unintended Consequence,’ and Other Poetry by Russel Winick The Society June 6, 2021 Culture, Humor, Poetry 8 Comments . Unintended Consequence The African-American High schooler had poor grades. Folks worried for his future, Seeing little effort made. Some caring people spoke to him, And urged it would be best, If he worked hard to raise his grades For college and success. The youth replied that grades don’t count And shocked them with his spin, That if he chose to go to college Race would get him in. . . Risk Taking That Isn’t inspired by an essay by Professor Salemi “Take risks” they’re fond of saying, Meaning disregard all norms. Eschew a sense of structure And avoid the use of forms. But if it’s fine to shun all rules There’s no risk to be had, They laud chaotic writing, Deeming just tradition bad. . . Entitlement The small food pantry gets supplied By church folks with good hearts. They feel that hunger should be fought And seek to do their parts. It could be hard to walk inside And ask for needed food, So guests are given great respect, To lift a somber mood. Most patrons gratefully respond When handed things to eat, But others somehow justify Demanding extra meat! . . Marital Bliss To keep things warm inside the house It helps to be judicious. One way a man can please his spouse: Ensure she won’t do dishes . . Russel Winick recently started writing poetry at nearly age 65, after ending a long legal career. He resides in Naperville, Illinois. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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 email@example.com. 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. CODEC News: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) 8 Responses David Whippman June 6, 2021 Neatly constructed pieces. “Unintended Consequence” might make some people uncomfortable but it voices a truth. Reply Russel Winick June 6, 2021 Thank you David. “Unintended Consequence” is about an actual experience from my work at an anti-poverty agency in the Chicago area, as is “Entitlement.” Reply Cynthia Erlandson June 6, 2021 All clever points, well- stated! Reply Russel Winick June 6, 2021 Thank you Cynthia. That’s encouraging to hear. Reply Cheryl Corey June 6, 2021 These are all fine poems. Re: “Entitlement” – I think there’s an expression about the best of intentions, but I can’t remember how it goes. I once worked for a non-profit that held a diaper drive, but then we got complaints because it didn’t include diapers for seniors. We also had to be wary of those who wanted diapers they could re-sell for drugs. Love the wry humor of “Marital Bliss”. (personally, I’d be okay with doing the dishes if the man did the cooking!) Reply Russel Winick June 6, 2021 Thanks Cheryl. I enjoyed your feedback. Reply C.B. Anderson June 6, 2021 Some people, Russel, will tell you that you’ve grown cynical in your old age, but I am here to tell you that what has happened is that your observations of reality have only grown more astute. In a sense, you are still litigating; it’s just a matter of whether you prefer to be the complainant or the defendant. Reply Russel Winick June 6, 2021 Thank you. I’m thrilled to have discovered poetry as a vehicle for expressing what I deem to be observations of reality. The many great poets who contribute to this site are fine teachers. Reply Leave a Reply to Russel Winick 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.