Friday, September 23, 2016



The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence,
which knew it would inherit the earth
before anybody said so.

The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds
watching him from the birdhouse.

The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek.

The idea you carry close to your bosom
is famous to your bosom.

The boot is famous to the earth,
more famous than the dress shoe, which is famous only to floors.

The bent photograph is famous to the one who carries it
and not at all famous to the one who is pictured.

I want to be famous to shuffling men
who smile while crossing streets,
sticky children in grocery lines,
famous as the one who smiled back.

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,
or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,
but because it never forgot what it could do.
~ Naomi Shihab Nye

This is the kind of fame we can ALL have. It is within our reach every single day. As we strive to finish our WIP's, find our agents, sell our books, and stroke the bindings that proudly display our names at Barnes & Noble, let us NEVER forget to be the one who smiled back.

                                   Go. Be famous. And never forget what you can do.


Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker and Mantua-Maker said...

What a lovely poem!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shannon - such a wonderful poem with lots of truths - we'd do well to remember while we work towards our goals ... thanks - Hilary

Joanne R. Fritz said...

What a positive idea. Never thought of it that way before.

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