. Avoidance I don’t sign up for group Zoom calls __With folks I know are boorish. I don’t go visit galleries __Where art is amateurish. I don’t make plans which likely will __Cause me to have to wait, At my expense for people who __Repeatedly are late. I loathe when I can’t verify __The claim I must spend money. Or sitting at a table where __Some loudmouth’s jokes aren’t funny. The lesson I’ve learned overall __Is that in life one goal, Should be avoiding situations __Where I lack control. . . The Road From Wokeism Wokeism would destroy All meritocracy, With forced results, despite The input quality. Negating motivation, Status is assigned. History’s prescription for Societies declined. . . Climbing the Leftist Ladder “White man, we don’t want you, We know how bad you are.” “My male days now are through!” “Then come in, Superstar!” . . Russel Winick recently started writing poetry after ending a long legal career. He resides in Naperville, Illinois.