Photo of a telephone operator.‘The Automated Phone System’ and Other Poetry by Russel Winick The Society July 13, 2022 Blank Verse, Culture, Humor, Poetry 11 Comments . The Automated Phone System I called up a business But no person answered, I got a phone system With multiple options Some rather confusing; I kept getting transferred, Spent most time just holding; Then after ten minutes I got disconnected. . . He Thought He Was Charming You sure could tell the man thought he was charming, He plainly loved the sound of his own voice. No doubt encouraged by the warm reception Of store clerks who did not have any choice. . . Root Cause Hundreds of thousands stream in at the border While powers that be are untroubled. Inflation unchecked, supply chains in disorder, With gas prices now more than doubled. There’s crime running rampant all over the land, Men beating women in sports is OK. This might not be happening, is how I stand, If Joe Biden was living today. . . Correct as a Matter of Law The Dobbs case, overturning Roe Will cause crime, I suspect, By people who don’t care or know As law it was correct. . . 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. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. 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) 11 Responses Roy E. Peterson July 13, 2022 Russell, all four of your poems are pithy and direct hits on present day societal ills. “The Automated Phone System” has perpetually plagued me. I love your twist on the “Root Cause,” if he were alive! Living in Texas, I know how these scum are causing havoc not only on the border, but in other states, as well. SCOTUS applied the Constitutional principles, finally, in the Dobbs case, but many will turn to any crime using the overturning of Roe as an added excuse for their misconceived behavior! Reply Russel Winick July 13, 2022 Roy – thanks for commenting. I’m glad you liked them. Reply Sally Cook July 13, 2022 Russel, I enjoyed your wry poetic comment. What a world, and you have caught the flavor of it. Reply Russel Winick July 13, 2022 Thanks Sally, for your delightful comment! Reply Adam R Swinford-Wasem July 13, 2022 “Root Cause” is gold, Russel. Sort of a Baby Ballad of Joe Biden. It is something to ponder, what would Joe Biden think of Joe Biden if he were still alive today? As a lifelong fellow Illinoisan (soon to depart) I wish you the best of luck. May the collective insanity not force you out as it has me. Reply Russel Winick July 13, 2022 Thanks Adam. It is amusing to see how the Left is shocked – shocked! – to discover that Biden has dementia. Reply Margaret Coats July 14, 2022 Fun for everyone, as we all recognize the situations. Thanks for applying rhyme and meter to them. I like best the simple iambic of “Correct as a Matter of Law,” all the more effective because it demands a touch of complex thought in the reader. Reply Russel Winick July 14, 2022 Thanks Margaret. It means a lot when a superior poet praises anything of mine. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant July 18, 2022 Russel, I love your bite-sized poetic morsels of wisdom – they bring an artistic flourish of sanity to an ugly and crazy world. Keep them coming! Reply Patricia Redfern November 4, 2022 Hi! The auotomated phone system hit me. As the incredulous practice has been adopted by home owners. I am pronably weird…but my friends are retired, stay at home people and I loathe answering machines. Here in the US, many have that terse, inhuman voice of a robot, instead of their own human. voice…Worse, people do not return calls. The internet has swallowed our voices! We live in an age of FOT..,fear of telemarketers? Who really are not people, but recorded voices calling our homes. Phones have caller ID.. no need to answer. Seems simple to me. Thank you…))) Patricia Reply Russel Winick November 4, 2022 Thanks Patricia. I’m glad this poem resonated with you. 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.