"Personification of Justice"‘Justification’ and Other Poetry by Russel Winick The Society March 3, 2022 Culture, Poetry 20 Comments . Justification He smashed the windows, grabbed the wares, With rage against society That made him free of any cares Or thoughts of impropriety. He stole until his pockets filled The chance of apprehension slim. But near his home was robbed and killed By someone angry just like him. . . Qualifications I’ll believe society has Reached the proper track, When outcomes are derived from skill, Not skin that’s white or black. . . Body Piercings at the Mall The pretty woman in bright clothes, A metal piercing on her nose. More clustered right above her eyes, That isn’t something I’d advise. And those were just what I could see. God only knows where more might be. . . Russel Winick recently started writing poetry at nearly age 65, after ending a long legal career. He resides in Naperville, Illinois. 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If that’s wrong, it would be far from the first time ♂️. Reply Jeff Eardley March 3, 2022 Most enjoyable Russel, I particularly like “Body piercings at the Mall.” I often wonder why good looking ladies wish to deface themselves with metal. Nose rings are particularly ugly although a good receptacle for the car keys. Reply Russel Winick March 3, 2022 Thanks Jeff. I don’t get it either. Reply Margaret Coats March 3, 2022 Catchy poems all on “the proper track,” Russel. I really like “Justification,” but to make it perfect, I would put a comma after “filled.” With no punctuation there, I see an amusing little sentence telling us that his pockets (subject) filled (verb) the chance (direct object). Sounds like he put a lot of chips on the roulette table. Your conclusion shows the guy lost his gamble, but did you really want the casino distraction there? Reply Russel Winick March 3, 2022 Thanks much Margaret. And of course you are right about needing that comma. I appreciate your keen eye. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant March 3, 2022 Russel, your poetry is going from strength to strength… you capture the tragic with the magic touch of humor and fine poetry… both of which get the hard-hitting message across perfectly. Well done! Reply Russel Winick March 3, 2022 Thanks Susan. I’m flattered that my simple stuff appeals to such an artisan as yourself. Reply C.B. Anderson March 3, 2022 Some might say that you are cynical, but I think that any cynicism detected is just a side-effect of your being a realist Reply Russel Winick March 4, 2022 Thank you Sir. I’d like to think that’s true. Reply Cynthia Erlandson March 4, 2022 I especially love “Justification”! Reply Russel Winick March 4, 2022 Thanks Cynthia. That poem is an amalgam of today’s looters and some talented but very angry young men I grew up with, who threw their lives away in various ways. Reply Adam Wasem March 5, 2022 “Justification” made me pause, “Qualifications” made me nod, and “Body Piercings at the Mall” made me smile. Can’t ask for more than that. Must be something about the malls here in Illinois… Reply Russel Winick March 5, 2022 I love this comment! Thanks, Adam. Reply Roy E. Peterson March 5, 2022 All three of your poems are a perfect match of humor with a serious and true message. They are all wonderful! Reply Russel Winick March 5, 2022 Thanks Roy – you made my day. So glad you liked them. 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.