Today I present to you another poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. This particular poem talks about being famous. Oxford dictionary defines Famous as being “Known about by many people“. Most of us are familiar with famous people or famous organizations and so on. The word Famous immediately brings to our mind a certain set of images. Look at this poem now and see how this wonderful poet talks about ordinary things that could be famous and how!
Simply divine, isn’t it? Naomi talks about being Famous in the sense where we mean something important to someone. She talks about how a Boot is more Famous to the Earth than the Dress Shoe simply because she sees more of the Boot obviously. How a photograph is Famous to the one who carries it. Or how a Tear is Famous to the Cheek, albeit briefly! What a way to look at being Famous. The poet wants to be Famous for something as simple as being the one who smiled back! Or for being the one who never forgot what she could do! Think about it. If only we could all view life in a similar way! Our dreams and aspirations would be so different and easily achievable. Everyone can be Famous. Just by being themselves. What a thought.