Depiction of a librarian by Georg Reimer‘Online Research’ and Other Poetry by Russel Winick The Society July 27, 2022 Humor, Poetry 14 Comments . Online Research For how long grilling planks should soak __I checked the time online. A website that I noticed first __Called 15 minutes fine. But one more page I saw advised __To do it for an hour, So I presumed it best if other __Websites I would scour. And sure enough I next came to __Another cooking site, Which said to soak them four-plus hours, __But best was overnight. Still armed with no clue what to do, __My only new cognition, Was never search online to treat __A medical condition. . . And I’d Bet There’s Nothing Urgent The man gunned his engine and swerved lane to lane, Convincing each witness he must be insane. And putting all riders at risk of disaster, To get where he’s going a few seconds faster. . . Familiar I see what the Leftists are doing today And it’s highly familiar indeed, From dire anti-totalitarian novels That liberals had school kids read. . . One-Sided When you hear a person express discontent In a statement quite un-laudatory, It’s troubling, but know that’s one hundred percent Of just fifty percent of the story. . . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) 14 Responses Roy E. Peterson July 27, 2022 Poems one, two and four were a delight to read this morning and put me in a good mood. “Familiar” is exactly that — all too familiar! It is a reminder we all need to be involved in ferreting out the nefarious plots that affect our children. Reply Russel Winick July 27, 2022 Thanks Roy – I’m happy to put someone in a good mood. Doesn’t always work out that way! Reply Michael Pietrack July 27, 2022 It’s a wise statement that 100% of someone’s perspective is just 50% of the story. Reply Russel Winick July 27, 2022 Thanks Michael. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Reply Anna J. Arredondo July 27, 2022 Russel, These are highly entertaining and very relatable. I’m avoiding the issue addressed in the third poem as best I can; the other three I encounter quite frequently! I think my favorite is “Online Research.” For things like cooking and gardening, I usually skim a few sites, take the average, cross my fingers, and plunge forward optimistically. (Results may vary.) Reply Russel Winick July 27, 2022 Thanks Anna – I do the same thing with recipes! Reply Margaret Coats July 27, 2022 The speedy meter racing regularly through “And I’d Bet There’s Nothing Urgent” wins the checkered flag from me! Reply Russel Winick July 27, 2022 Thanks Margaret, for your winning comment! Reply Alena Casey July 28, 2022 “One hundred percent of just fifty percent of the story” — that made me chuckle. And how true! Reply Russel Winick July 28, 2022 Thanks Alena. Always glad to bring chuckles. Reply Jack “Michael” Dashiell July 28, 2022 3 witty poems, smooth and coherent. As for help with medicine on the Internet you sure to get advertisements for pills, not explanations. Reply Russel Winick July 28, 2022 Thank you Michael. I really appreciate your feedback. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant July 29, 2022 Russel, your poetic wisdom knows no bounds and I love every well-wrought, sage word of these highly entertaining poems. Reading poetry like this maintains my sanity in an increasingly bizarre world. For that, I thank you most kindly! Reply Russel Winick July 29, 2022 Aw shucks! Thanks for such kind words. I’m really glad that you liked these poems. 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.