Thursday, May 10, 2007
There is a poem by Berton Braley which he titled “The Thinker.” In it he explores the toils of many workers during many facets of labor with various materials, equipment and tools. He ends the beautiful tribute to the worker with these four lines in the last stanza – “But back of them stands the schemer, The Thinker who drives things through; Back of the job-The Dreamer, Who’s making the dream come true!”
But there is another poem called “The Klinker.” And chances are you have walked about a place of production and heard a “klinking” sound that you didn’t really stop to identify. Sometimes these sounds can be deafening, sometimes barely audible if at all. And with all the advances in the technical fields, theses sounds could have been overshadowed, but you can believe that they are there, somewhere.
So just hold that prose and poetry above for a minute while we discuss your South Reporter. I am sure that we don’t say this often enough, but we receive a lot of compliments on this weekly newspaper from our readers and we are deeply appreciative.
As Lawrence White (one of the photographers) and I travel around the readership area we usually have a few copies of the paper with us. Everyone remarks about how attractively the newspaper is “packaged.” This is due in great part to the “layout.”
Although ably assisted by a cadre of professional staff, the schemer, the thinker, the brain behind this award-winning production is our editor and publisher, Barry Burleson.
Maybe you have passed the newspaper office sometimes past the quitting hour, on weekends or very early in the morning and see a solitary light burning. This is everything which you have read above, coming together.
And that brings us back to the poem which is mentioned above called “The Klinker.” And I apologize for not remembering the author of this poem and another for only recalling the last few lines which are written thusly – “Do you pity the Klinker who struggles along with no complaining sound?, Well if you do, don’t say it aloud; He wants no pity, the boy is proud; He is making the wheels go ’round!”
Lastly, to our Klinker, and all the sports teams which provide us with so much interesting stuff to write about (like 10 teams advancing to the North Half playoffs in basketball), I would just like to say thank you.
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