Sorta famous, once

“Hi how are you? How is your folks? What have you been doing?”

I stare, knowing I don’t know this face or this voice. Certain.

“You don’t know me.” She laughs.  She knows I don’t.

“But I know you. I remember your photo, what

you used to write when you were that kid

the newspaper kid.” She laughs again.

How does she know me from

that black and white

from years ago?

But she does.

 

Grew up with a younger brother and a baby newspaper.

Knew how to be little grown up young, always on.

Spotlight shone on clothes, hair, feelings, me.

Seventeen years with that, living in that

small yet intense spotlight made me.

Made us. Our family. Different.

The HORSES ALL people.

That family that did

the paper all the

time and stuff.

 

Sorta famous, once. Long ago. But maybe not so long as I thought.

Interview for the 35th year.  Going for 35 years.

Not the same, so much changes as we grow.

Older, not wiser maybe nor better.

It is, and was, after all pulp,

ink and heart, bloodied

hands and tears too.

Sorta famous,

once.

 

For Fireblossom’s challenge at With Real Toads.  Not movie star famous, or singer famous but rubbed shoulders with them all.  Never able to be star struck, but can move in the circles with ease.  Used to be sorta famous, once, long ago.  Maybe someday I’ll be that again, not as a horse magazine kid, writer and photographer but as a grown up poet and photographer.  

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39 Comments

  1. ManicDdaily said,

    June 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    So cool – really very interesting. And the photo is terrific. Much enjoyed. k.

  2. June 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Sorta famous…hehe… I like that. I hope you do become famous as a poet and a photographer now as a grown up. You look so cute on that horse. Very accomplished 🙂

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:31 am

      Thanks 🙂 Maybe someday, God willing, and if not I’ll leave behind a truck load of images and words for someone to sort through.

  3. hedgewitch said,

    June 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Very interesting tale, and bio, Shanyn, and the photo is adorable.

  4. coalblack said,

    June 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    look at you, on your paint pony, girl! thanks so much for being part of FBF!

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

      So glad you noticed it was a paint! 🙂 Thanks for the cool challenge.

  5. June 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    This is so cool. A journey in time that you’ve written in such a good, conversational tone.

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

      I feel like I can talk about it now, and that is so freeing and good. Don’t need to spin it or doctor it – it is just what it is.

  6. Mary said,

    June 23, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Sorta famous must be fun to look back on! Good training for famous in the future; and I absolutely LOVED the photograph!

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:33 am

      In a lot of ways it is fun to look back upon! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the photo.

  7. jinksy said,

    June 23, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I love this – and fame is fickle, so best ignored! LOL

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:33 am

      I’m hip to ignoring it, would probably do that anyway! ha ha but it is fun to tempt it! Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. brian miller said,

    June 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

    nice bit of story telling….almost famous is pretty cool…and def getting older is not a guarantee of wiser but….i think this is a pretty cool thing…smiles….nice pic too

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Brian – thanks! Glad you enjoyed the story and the photo, and no guarantees on wiser that is the truth my friend.

  9. June 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

    You take a good hard look at fame, both behind the scenes and as a legacy. Thank you for sharing.

  10. ladynyo said,

    June 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    A nice story woven from your experience.Sorta famous is a niche for many of us. LOL!]

    Lady Nyo

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:34 am

      It truly is, isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed it. So pleased that you stopped by.

  11. Susan said,

    June 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    “Grew up with a younger brother and a baby newspaper.” Yes you did! You portray a reversal of sorts, but good golly, whether or not this lady gains her glory again in another field or not, “pulp, / ink and heart, bloodied / hands and tears too” are still with her, still going.

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:35 am

      🙂 Susan! Thanks! This rocked…So glad you enjoyed it, love your comment.

  12. June 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I LOVE this, Shanyn!!! And your famous to us!! Such a beautiful eye and voice for the creative realm!! 🙂

  13. Archna said,

    June 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I like the ‘ink and heart’ and the ‘hands and tears’, I think you are as famous as you can share. 🙂 This is a lovely portrait.

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:36 am

      Thank you! I have learned a lot, and spotlights are not where I want to spend a lot of time. Behind a pen or a camera sure.

  14. June 24, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Sorta famous once…well you are famous to those who read your work. Love this!!

    http://confessionsofalaundrygoddess.blogspot.com/2012/06/giggles-and-daydreams.html

  15. Marian said,

    June 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    i just love this line, so interesting: “Grew up with a younger brother and a baby newspaper.”

    • shanyns said,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:37 am

      Marian – so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 It was a really unique way to grow up, that’s for sure.

  16. dani said,

    June 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    too many lines to quote! i love that you were “sorta famous once” ~ thanks for sharing the memories!

  17. Margaret said,

    July 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Hand down… that photo is precocious! Frame it.

  18. Margaret said,

    July 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    … darn spell check. “precious” perhaps you were precocious, I don’t know 🙂

  19. Doug French said,

    August 22, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Love the poem Shannon – your olde tyme name spelling. Yes, it was a time of adventure and toil. I wonder what child is enjoying that saddle and hidden memories today. Moon Light Lou was a fantastic horse that was one of the first registered Paint Horses in Alberta.

    • shanyns said,

      August 22, 2013 at 3:15 am

      Thanks Dad. She was a neat horse for sure. You should get down all that history and the stories ya know! 🙂


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