If Emily Dickinson were to appear on Oprah, the poet’s famous “I’m Nobody, Who are you” would be a likely topic. 

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – Too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog! 

If the new President Barack Obama has anything to say about it, no one will be able to hide in obscurity during his presidency. In fact, he has given excitement to the notion of every “nobody’s” capacity to create excitement and potential for growth.

Obama has drawn audiences into his points of view by emphasizing the deprivations in his early life, implying, “Are you — Nobody — Too?”

“Don’t tell! they’d advertise — you know!” is to launch greater control and to make life a better vehicle for the right kind of action. To say, “How dreary — to be — Somebody!” is to scoff at luck; to look at the likelihood that my life can be much more free. The satire in “How public — like a Frog” pokes fun at the “me, me, me” of most notoriety. It also begs the question of exactly what might be a potential for personal greatness. It is unlikely that coverage by the media, “they’d advertise — you know”, will do much to add to my worth to myself and others.

The new administration of government would have us lose ourselves, not in comfortable ruts, which are limiting. But, to sit up and take notice of the needs around us. “To tell one’s name — ” in the course of telling ourself who we really are is the opposite of looking “To an admiring Bog” to find out who we are.

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