One needs to appeal
To more than one’s friends –
If one wants to be famous
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
I do many activities and most of my friends don’t care for most of them. That’s not because they aren’t good friends. That’s because they don’t have the breadth of interests so it’d be hard to ask them to care for a lot of them. In a reverse kind of way, it’d be like asking me to care for all the interests of a dozen of any of my friends, likely making up the same length list. I couldn’t.
The friends who keep up or care to look into my interests every now and then, shared on Facebook or such, are supportive. However, I know I need to appeal beyond them if I were to become famous as I intend to one day. For one thing, they don’t represent the diversity of opinions out there. They can’t give feedback like others out there, either. Some don’t have the same passion, though I am happy to say in many of my activities, I know people who I would argue are more passionate since they devote more of their lives to it than I do. It’s just that most of those activities are not stuff I can share online. Those are activities like swing dancing, playing tennis, running, and such that you have to do in person. Interests like poetry writing, I can share online and it would be tough to write poetry together, if you will. Or find the diversity of poetry out there among just some friends who wrote poetry. That’s why the poem is a personal philosophy about why I share a lot of stuff online.
The R-series poems were composed while I was out running, in an effort to find time for writing in a life that is always getting busier.