A fresh pair of eyes

CAMEOS

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Aside from the random cheap pair of sunglasses that I easily break or forget I ever had,
I have never really been a sunnies kind of person.
 

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Sure, it’s very sunny in my side of the tropics, and the glare off glass and seawater
are bad for the eyes, but I’ve always found them cumbersome.
 

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I guess it helps that I don’t drive, or that as a passenger, I’m always curious about my surroundings.
 

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I’ve always wanted to see things free of their trappings.
 

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I have always been wary of any kind of illusion.
 

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But even I can get tired and would rather hide from the truth.
 

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It’s a characteristic of very private people never to flash their full deck of cards.
 

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I guess shades are my way of hiding in plain sight.
 

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Of letting other people see their own reflections instead of allowing them to peer into mine.
 

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Yeah, I know, this is the age of the internet and social media, where nothing can be hidden.
 

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But I prefer to step back and fade into the noise of the background.
 

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Not that I have nothing to hide – there will come a time when all will be revealed.
 

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Or it can also be that I haven’t really figured out for myself what I have to say will actually say.
 

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There is time yet to be elusive and invisible.
 

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There will always be something empty to utter, much more to withhold.
 

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As Seamus Heaney said, “If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”
 

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Especially when there’s nothing we can hold on to, we have speech.
 

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We have within and between us ever new ways of seeing.
 

Uniqlo jacket and belt, Levi’s jeans, SM Surplus shirt, Dirk Bikkembergs boots, Thom Browne sunglasses
Cameo photographs by Jullian Mendoza

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