"are you a famous musician?" he asks.
i laugh. "no, sir, i'm not."
"well, you look like a musician or songwriter or something," he says to me. "and you look like a writer working on a great novel or something," he directs at the young lady with hipster hair, wearing huge headphones and a short pencil skirt at the table next to me. she stops typing on her laptop and frees her ears.
"well, i am a writer," she says. "but not working on my novel right now."
"i'm a writer, too!" i say.
"well, of course you're a writer!" says the man in black to me. "that's just wonderful! what do you write?"
"well, i write poetry and several other things, depending on the day and the assignment"
"oh wow! you're a poet!" he exclaims, as the woman he was with walks over to the table. "carolanne, you've gotta meet her! she's a famous poet!"
dead serious. again.
"oh my! what's your name?" she asks, extending her hand to shake mine.
i laugh again and squirm and stumble to introduce myself. "well, i'm not . . . uhhh . . . famous, errr, i'm . . . uhhh . . . ciona. my name is ciona."
so we all chat for a bit, and i finally ask the man in black his name and if he's a musician.
"oh, my name is scott, and i'm a famous photographer, actually."
and as we continue to chat the kind of chat of four mostly strangers, scott whips out his famous camera and starts taking photographs of me.
and i decide right then that i love this moment. it's taken me so long to even say, "i'm a poet." and while the goal of being well known and admired isn't a driving force in the soft focus of my future desires, i decide that i love not only being a poet but being an amazing poet in that moment. and i love that scott, who may have spent his life flying around the world and sharing work in galleries and books or taking snapshots of strangers in coffee shops, claims his art in a grandiose way. and i love that none of us asked each other what we had published or where our photographs were seen; we were just famous. as simple as that.
may you all love your art, your work, your life in a grand way today! go ahead, be famous.