Open your eyes, there's so much life to be lived. by Matteo Pontonutti


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Open your eyes, there's so much life to be lived. by 

“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

I guess I’ve had more time than I expected. This image means a lot to me, and it may not be technically perfect, but the message is deeper here than in many others images of mine. I hope you like it :)

Thank you to Wendi Donaldson, Dawne Polis, Dwarkan, VampVamp, Spectrumcry, Shadow Dancer, Rosemary Scott, Bdazzled and so many others that have supported me during my stay here at Redbubble. I won’t forget your kindness :)

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  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful message dear Matteo !! You are so open minded that you’d need a giant panoramic image to show all that life is going to bring you as wonderful experiences and encounters… I am an old man now, like your grand-father, and very very happy and proud to see how you look at the world with such confidence and wisdom !

  • Kristin Reynolds
    Kristin Reynoldsabout 4 years ago

    oh my…the photo is wonderful, but the words too—this all says it all. Perfect description of living life and letting go. I don’t think their is a harder thing to do as a human, than to truly let a loved one go. the crux of the living.

  • dawne polis
    dawne polisabout 4 years ago

    Matt, this is more than moving. Your artwork is superb, and I must catch my breath at the words you write, and the significance they carry when coupled with this image. And indeed, there is SO much life for you to live…

  • S .
    S .about 4 years ago

    one of the most moving works of art I’ve ever seen….
    this truly is a masterpiece in every sense of the word

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 4 years ago

    Extraordinary creation Matteo!! :)

  • birgitt
    birgittabout 4 years ago

    so much life to process as well as you do, Matteo

  • Igli Martini
    Igli Martiniabout 4 years ago

    wow amazing… you work is just amazing

  • Simone Riley
    Simone Rileyabout 4 years ago

    LOVE your work Matteo

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    fab work

  • scottimages
    scottimagesabout 4 years ago

    Matteo this is magnificent! Such a visually moving piece, incredibly emotive and masterfully created as always.
    It’s always such a pleasure to look at your work :)

  • Rosemary, thank you for your comment and for the feature! :)

    – Matteo Pontonutti

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