Sunday Quotes: Famous

Since I alluded to this the other day, I figured I go ahead and share the entire poem. I encountered this for the first time in my freshman writing class and have been inspired by it since. Oh btdubs, don’t forget your mother.

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.

-Famous; Naomi Shihab Nye

3 thoughts on “Sunday Quotes: Famous

    1. Thank you for this nomination! As you may have noticed, my writing is sporadic and my actual interaction as a blogger even more so. I hope to get to posting this to my blog and passing it along soon but in the meantime know that it didn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. I may be young, but when it comes to staying up with technology I’m really behind the times…

      1. Absolutely! It’s so beyond well-deserved.

        I think it’s for the best that you’re primarily unplugged; I’ve been striving to find the balance lately after a few weeks of too much virtual and not enough real world.

        I am in a similar place when it comes to technology. I only just acquired a touch screen smart phone after admitting to a Verizon saleswoman that I’m 80 when it comes to technology, and really like having actual buttons to push. Her response was, “Touch screen is the future, girl, just go ahead and make your peace with it.”

        Le sigh.

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