Francis Barlow's illustration of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"‘Observations of a Former Victim’ and Other Poetry by Russel Winick The Society August 29, 2021 Culture, Poetry 16 Comments . Observations of a Former Victim You may think me insensitive or witless, But more and more it seems the case these days, That victimhood is run up on a flagpole, Including in some overreaching ways. Of course there’s real and rife victimization, But vague or bloated forms are now profuse, And dovetail nicely with another current, The covering of failure with excuse. . . My Favorite Poems The poems which leave me most smitten, Are those that I wish I had written. . . Quandary How can I say Without harmful offense That despite all his genius He lacks common sense? . . 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 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. 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) 16 Responses Paul Freeman August 29, 2021 Some great observations, Russel. I particularly relate to ‘My Favourite Poems’, which in my case stretches to short stories I wish I’d written, both old and new. Reply Russel Winick August 29, 2021 Thanks Paul. I’ll look for your short stories. Reply Sally Cook August 29, 2021 Your short but succinct poems on current themes are much apprecrediated and enjoyed! Reply Russel Winick August 29, 2021 Thanks Sally. I’m delighted to hear that. Reply C.B. Anderson August 29, 2021 All three were sharp & sagacious. As for your “Quandary,” Russel, it doesn’t matter. As La Rochefaucault wrote: Everybody doubts his memory, but nobody his judgment. Reply Russel Winick August 29, 2021 So true. But she who must be obeyed more than makes up for my own undoubted judgment! Reply Peter Hartley August 29, 2021 Russell – All three are very pithily put epigrams, and how true they are. I most wish I had written the Rime of the Ancient Mariner and the reason I haven’t is because no-one gave me a chance. Reply Russel Winick August 29, 2021 Thanks Peter. I wish I’d written Langston Hughes’ Mother to Son (but I was the wrong everything for it!) Reply Cheryl Corey August 29, 2021 “My Favorite Poems” – two lines, yet so impactful! I could fill a book with “wish I had written”. To name a few: “Blue Girls” (John Crowe Ransom); “When The Frost Is On The Punkin” (James Whitcomb Riley); works by Ernest Fenollosa and Edward Arlington Robinson; everything Gerald Manley-Hopkins (ahh); “We Wear The Mask” & “When Malindy Sings” (Paul Laurence Dunbar (in my opinion, the greatest African-American poet ever, master of dialect bar none); and two of my ultimate favorites: Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses” and Dylan Thomas’ “Fern Hill”. Thank you, Russel !! Reply Russel Winick August 29, 2021 Thanks Cheryl. I wish I had written The Count of Monte Cristo. Reply Margaret Coats August 29, 2021 All brief but brilliant, Russel. I especially like “Observations of a Former Victim.” A weak claim to victimhood covers a vast number of personal dissatisfactions. Larry Elder, now running for Governor of California, always opened his radio talk show with, “No victicrats allowed! We’ve got a country to save!” Reply Russel Winick August 29, 2021 Thanks Margaret. And is there anything more amazing than that Larry seems to have a real shot? Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant August 29, 2021 Russel, I love these bite-sized delights of poetic wisdom. They all have me nodding in agreement and “Quandary” has me laughing out loud. Great stuff! Thank you! Reply Russel Winick August 29, 2021 Thanks Susan. I’m sure we all know folks to whom “Quandary” applies. Reply Joe Tessitore August 29, 2021 Great stuff – wish I had written all of them! Reply Russel Winick August 29, 2021 Thanks Joe. Rest assured your poetry makes me feel the same! 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.