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by Naomi Shihab Nye

Famous Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #4

The boot is famous to the earth,
more famous than the dress shoe,
which is famous only to floors. (10-12)

When humans really interact, in a significant way, with nature, we often are wearing boots: digging in the dirt, cutting down trees, fishing in the rivers, and so forth. Dress shoes are a particularly non-earthy thing to wear since they are impractical for most anything but showing off for other humans—on the dance floor, of course.

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