THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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My eyes itch. Everything is starting to smell like smoke. And after a more than full week of work, I’m feeling that haze inside my head also. I’m going to need a good night’s sleep this evening to feel right again.

Togetherness? Photo by Mike Hartley

I don’t believe I’ve used the above shot before. I must have passed by it several times because I’ve used other images from this folder many times. I looked at this image and it just raised a lot of questions for me.

Were they together? Were they about to turn to each other and smile and say good morning and meet for the first time? Or are they neighbors who don’t speak to each other but both enjoy a good sunrise? Is one reflecting on a recent trauma and the other one just waiting for the joy of a sunrise? Was one thinking they were glad to have moved to the shore to appreciate this view and the other saying goodbye at the end of vacation time at the beach? Was one saying a prayer for someone else and the other dealing with end-of-life issues? Was one thinking the sky was the most beautiful thing and the other thinking the water was?

The question we ask about each other every day. What were they thinking?

I don’t know what I was thinking. I got up too early, kind of tired, and just started writing with my morning Coke by my side. As they used to say I believe, “A Coke and a Smile.” That is me now and while the day ahead is filled with many tasks, I’m ready to tackle them.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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