Judy Kay-Wolff

AILEEN OSOFSKY – AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTOR

For several years in the late nineties, I served on the ACBL Good Will Committee at the side of Chairman Aileen Osofsky,  one of the most popular and gracious contributors to the game who passed away about three years ago.   Yesterday, I happened upon a tribute I wrote for her on an occasion she was being honored.   It brought a smile to my lips.

 

Public speaking – is hardly my bag  And gushy words – I find such a drag
I opted to put – my thoughts into verse   But soon I took – a turn for the worse   
My goals were met – with mass confusion – You’ll hear my saga – at the conclusion
Now four couplets later – nothing’s been done And I find myself – back at Square One
With no more excuses – I’ll get down to biz     Will just have to tell it – such as it is
Our Good Will Queen – is warm and gracious Charming and caring – and ever vivacious
For  family and friends – she always came through A bridge—playing  saint – too good to be true
Her continual smile – makes me want to ask Is she for real?? – or is that a mask?
Optimistic in nature – and  far from designing  Forever in search – of that big silver lining
Whether in person – or phone – or dot com    She portrays to us – the  model Grande Dame
But I have a grievance – of which I made mention Sabotaging my poem – was not her intention)
Considerate!  Thoughtful!  No one is sweeter     But oh how she foiled – my rhyme and my meter
FOR WHAT WOULD I USE – TO GO WITH – OSOFSKY?  ALL I COULD FIND – WAS – PETER TSCHAIKOVSKY

4 Comments

JSMay 20th, 2012 at 12:21 am

Just as I remembered her in the years I served on the committee as well.

Jane

JodyMay 20th, 2012 at 1:16 am

I love your poems! My daughter is a poet,me too sometimes, loved the one you had on the other day, too. Last line is my favorite, Peter T, long may he be listened to. You are a writer.

Judy Kay-WolffMay 20th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Sorry about the spacing of this poem and the next, but I had no control over it. What did we ever do before computers?

Robb GordonMay 21st, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Aileen was simply one of the best human beings I ever knew. I will never forget the Detroit spring (winter) NABC when she stood in the “motor lobby” (a good place to freeze your patootie off) handing out candy to incoming bridge players. She was amazing.

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