I thought I’d be used to it after
15 years, the angry stares that
hold a little longer on those days.

Even though those old enough
to have lived it are almost gone
TV keeps it alive for the young.

I want to say,

“The decision was Trueman’s 35
years before I was born. Maybe I
would have found a different way.”

But I don’t say anything. Just bury
my face deeper in my smartphone.
There’s no half-life on that kind of
pain.

Steve Howard is a novelist, stand up comedian, and teacher living in Japan. Visit Steve at StevenBHowWrites.com.
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Steve Howard is a novelist, stand up comedian, and teacher living in Japan. Visit Steve at StevenBHowWrites.com.

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