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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Editor (05/27/10)

TITLE: Dear Sir
By vincent lyons
05/31/10


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Always held in high regard
Like the parson and the priest—
Of all the village avant-garde
Was the one we saw the least.

Seated in his swivel chair
Much obscured by plumes of smoke,
Bespectacled, with little hair—
Busy, unobtrusive bloke.

An expert on the world of sport;
Gave the weather and the news,
Of births and deaths he gave report,
And editorial reviews.

Contact with the world unseen
In the times before T V;
Product of his print machine
Opened worlds across the sea.

But in the ‘letters’ section
That was where he most excelled—
With skills of near perfection
Counselled, coaxed and oft’ compelled.

“Dear Sir”, each letter started;
Then the problems would pour forth;
But the wisdom he imparted
Showed the measure of his worth.

Had kind words for the hurting,
And correction for the wrong,
Sometimes in wit cavorting
With a limerick or song.

He shaped their world perspective
Though most likely never knew;
In moments retrospective
They recall his points of view.

With integrity to spare
Left a legacy behind—
Editor extraordinaire,
Heart and soul of ‘Local Times’.


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Member Comments
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Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse06/04/10
Excellently written.
Elizabeth Cain06/04/10
I got a lot of visuals by reading your descriptions. Very nice rhythm. I really enjoyed reading this poem of the wise and tactful editor.
Linda Wright06/07/10
What a wonderful editor! Too bad every writer can't learn from one so kind and wise. Very well written. I had a clear picture in my mind of this man as I read. Great descriptions!
Karlene Jacobsen 06/10/10
What a great description of this editor. Sounds like someone I'd like to work for/with. :)
Linda Germain 06/10/10
Wonderful poem! Says it all. Congratulations on your EC win. :0)
Beth LaBuff 06/10/10
I enjoyed your descriptive tale of this editor for "Local Times!" Congratulations Vincent, you are on a roll this quarter!
Linda Wright06/10/10
Well done Vince! I thought this came from your pen.
Joan Campbell06/10/10
What a lovely poem Vincent! Congrats on your EC.