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An Unwitting Subject

Have you ever considered the many cases where family albums show strangers' faces? Some of those faces may well be your own standing off in the background apart and unknown But don't take my word for it See for yourself Your album of strangers is up on your shelf There's your concert photo with your best friend Zack But who are those people hanging 'round in the back? You have no idea and neither does he But there they all are for your family to see I'm sure you have others but one is enough in proving my point which you cannot rebuff Imagine that maybe in some obscure book on a library shelf where people will look You've made an appearance in a photograph there and many have seen you while you're unaware Just an unwitting subject in the camera's eye captured forever as you happened by Out there in the world I'm willing to bet somewhere there's a family perhaps in Tibet Viewing their photos of trips from afar and they're wondering just who the heck you are You're standing right there in plain sight of all right next to their grandmother Ling from Nepal You took the same photo with your companion near Ling and her family at The Grand Canyon They're here in our pictures as we are in theirs All over the world we're caught unawares So, why do I ponder this subject so deep? Oh no reason really I just couldn't sleep 3/1/19

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Date: 3/2/2019 4:55:00 PM
Excellent, now that I have read this I have actually found myself asking those very same questions. Who are these people in my photos. Excellent write Michael. Looking forward to the revision if you do one
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Michael Wise
Date: 3/2/2019 6:51:00 PM
Thank u very much Debbie! Glad I'm not the only one with stuff like this going through my head! lol :)
Date: 3/2/2019 12:00:00 PM
To be honest, I think the same with some photos.. great last stanza, made me smile...
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Michael Wise
Date: 3/2/2019 1:59:00 PM
Thank u sir! Yeah, that last stanza wraps it all up as just a bit of nonsense anyway, which was my intent. ;)
Date: 3/2/2019 11:45:00 AM
What fun reading! I think I'll get out my old pictures!
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Michael Wise
Date: 3/2/2019 2:00:00 PM
LOL Me too! Thanks Sunlite! :)
Date: 3/2/2019 6:29:00 AM
Hahaha, love the end of this, I was asking myself the same question so you answered it for me! Random thoughts we have in the middle of the night - thanks for poetising yours!
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Michael Wise
Date: 3/2/2019 7:09:00 PM
There are rare occasions where, believe it or not, the only thing I do in the shower, is shower. ;)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 3/2/2019 12:43:00 PM
I often polish my poems (not a euphemism) in the shower plus I came up with the concept for a book I’m writing there!
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Michael Wise
Date: 3/2/2019 6:52:00 AM
I also have very interesting thoughts while in the shower! LOL Thanks Nina! :)
Date: 3/1/2019 10:39:00 PM
Fantastic piece Michael! Thoroughly enjoyed, and I have difficulty with longer pieces, the rhythm was so engaging it kept me glued :) xomo
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Michael Wise
Date: 3/2/2019 5:37:00 AM
I am honored Maureen! Thank u! :)