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Steve Passey: The Way it is Supposed to Be

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The Prophet of Regret (#12): Everything is the Way it is Supposed to Be.

So many apologies are



spoken only to change the story.

It is better to cry in silence,

or pretend to be the victim,

than it is to speak out loud.

I drove past your old house

and of course, you were not there.

You are long gone and far away and

never coming back, but there is a young

family in there now and children

are running through a sprinkler

on the lawn and their excitement

and their joy follows

after me as I drive away and

I want you to know,

like the car and the road and

the happiness of children at play know,

that everything is the way

it is supposed to be.

About the Author: Steve Passey is from Rural Alberta, Canada. He is the author of the collections of fiction Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock (Tortoise Books) Cemetery Blackbirds (Secret History Books) and the novella Starseed (Seventh Terrace) as well as many other individual things.


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