‘Lucky’ and Other Poetry by Russel Winick The Society July 24, 2021 Beauty, Humor, Poetry 15 Comments . Lucky It stormed around our house last night, The lightning turned the black sky bright. Tornadoes came to join the fray, The morning news led me to pray. Six houses leveled, not too far— How vulnerable we all are! . . Why We Have Mother’s Day The son while visiting called: “Mom!” What happened next was stunning. She’s 62, he’s 26, No matter—she came running! . . Parents’ Drop-off Kisses Our house is near a bus stop, so Today I watched who came. The moms and dads and children Either talked or played a game. To black and white and Asian kids Each parent’s kiss brought shame. We hear so much of contrasts now, But mostly we’re the same. . . The Effect of Lawsuits on TV Commercials The long commercial all but says “This medicine can kill. But nonetheless we’d really like For you to use our pill.” . . To Bill Cosby I wanted to believe you, I really loved your show. And some folks do see dollar signs Or don’t tell all they know. Plus power-hungry prosecutors Might put in a fix, But who believes you when accusers Number thirty-six? . . 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. 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Reply Russel Winick July 24, 2021 Thanks Paul. I’m glad you enjoyed them. The number of Cosby accusers has now risen to over 60. The lawyers proclaiming his innocence are just doing their jobs, but nonetheless I always felt that such instances further harmed the image of my profession, and it was embarrassing. Reply Julian D. Woodruff July 24, 2021 Good, Mr. Winnick. “Mother’s Day” reminds me of our eldest daughter’s household. Reply Julian D. Woodruff July 24, 2021 Sorry–Mr. Winick. Reply Russel Winick July 24, 2021 Thanks Julian. I trust you are as proud of her for it as I am of my wife, whom this poem is about. Reply Norma Okun July 24, 2021 Your comments in your poems are the same problems that have not any way to prevent them. However your observation is appreciated. There is a lot of talk here about the new poets and the old ways of writing a poem. To me it is either sincere or a bunch of words who some trickster assembled together like merchandise from China. I live to read a truly new seeing of an otherwise taken for granted world. I often think of Marlon Brandon and the contrast with Laurence Olivier. Both different but brilliant performers. Your poems are lovely. Reply Russel Winick July 24, 2021 Thank you Norma. I love providing my two cents’ worth of observations about the world we all live in, and it’s gratifying when my efforts are enjoyed by others. Reply Norma Okun July 24, 2021 The subjects you wrote about are heavy duty. Somehow they became a thing lighter and yet heavy at the same time. Russel Winick July 25, 2021 Thank you again, Norma, for your touching words. They are quite inspiring. Susan Jarvis Bryant July 24, 2021 Russel, I love these bite-size morsels of poetic wisdom with their delightful dollop of delectable truth… a rare luxury these days. Thank you! Reply Russel Winick July 24, 2021 Susan – you made my day, with your comment that unsurprisingly is better than my poems are! Reply C.B. Anderson July 25, 2021 You, Russel, have become a cynical man in your retirement. Please keep the poems coming, because everyone here likes a good dose of unvarnished truth now and then. Reply Russel Winick July 25, 2021 Thank you Sir. I learned early on that, as my favorite contemporary poet might say, a “doleful dollop of sky-high skepticism’ is healthy, perhaps now more than ever. Reply Cheryl Corey July 26, 2021 Russel, you have a talent for relaying a lot of truth with just a few words. My favorite is “Lucky”. I also like “To Bill Cosby” & “The Effect of Lawsuits”. Reply Russel Winick July 26, 2021 Thank you Cheryl. I appreciate that and am glad you liked those poems. Reply Leave a Reply to Norma Okun 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.