Your Fellow Citizen
By Ronda J. Miller
The editor in chief
Plucks a stranger from the street
Places a reporter's notebook in his hand
Gives him words, but limits them
Teaches ethics, makes him a better citizen
Raps his knuckles through cyberland
"Take your ego out," he demands
"Make it captivating," he explains
"Use your spell check, proofread, please!"
All of this he does with ease
"For you, too, it will become a breeze
Show me a proposal - do not fear
I'll let you put your article here."
But for now, at least, the class is over
The stranger's eyes are glazed
So much information in so few days
He walks back onto the street
He, who once was just a citizen,
Has now become a fellow.