Eulogy From a Productive Member of Society

Avatar Author: RicoLaser Another Ficlets refugee. Collaborated on the unfinished, late, lamented (at least by me) Lake Derry Murders story with a fine writer whose name I'm ashamed to say escapes me right now. I live in Los Angeles and I'm an ... Read Bio

Here are the three things I know for sure about my late brother-in-law Joseph David Kepler:

In twenty years I think I saw him sober three times. He was a terrible poet. And that overdose was no accident, and neither were any of the others.

The brutal truth is that the world is better off without him. He left nothing. His parents died deeply ashamed of him, and none of his siblings had seen or spoken with him in years.

Except of course his oldest sister. My wife. Who is inconsolable.

I’m a good man. Husband and father. I look in the mirror every morning and I look at my face, and I say, “That is the face of a man who has done all that he could do, who has built and maintained something, a family structure, a world within the world.”

What did Joseph David Kepler build? What sweat did he trade to gain my wife’s tears? She won’t leave her bed. All he ever did was drink and write poetry and borrow money. Doesn’t she see?

And the fucking dog has cancer. The kids are sad.

My house sails now on a sea of grief.

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  1. Avatar Eckhouse

    Very cool. I like that it’s a shift in tone from the original, heading into noir-ish territory. The details are great here – there’s a lot packed in. Nice!

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    if someone actually said this at a funeral, he’d probably be kicked out.. my only critique, it went off topic at the end a little, not ending with the deceased. It was too open and unfinished. However, the tone was shockingly sincere.

  3. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    Very strong dramatic monologue here, I can just see this in a play…

    Really good characterisation, and great to see you returning to the fold with a true Ficly sequel – that is to say something which adds to the inspiration rather than just continuing it – MH :)

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