The Shadow of the Colossus

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—wasn’t a great man but he was a good one, honest in his emotions, kind, generous with his possessions, time and money. That generosity eventually made him wary of being used but he still befriended many people, people that cycled through his life sporadically, and with few exceptions, were always welcome.

He was big, with a great big heart and a voracious appetite for life. He loved to spread laughter and sampled life like a buffet. His preference was for the positive over the negative. His motto says it all, “Make things better.”

His primary battle was with depression and it cast a shadow over much of his adult life. He wasn’t afraid of boundaries or of what was popular. He would acknowledge faults and guilty pleasures alike with a wry smile.

He was captivated by the arts: music, drawing and painting. He dreamed of being an artist but found it easier to create using words more than lead or ink.

He loved often and unconditionally, but learned to keep it a secret. He stopped giving himself a chance for—

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  1. Avatar JonB

    I think the excerpt structure that you’ve chosen works well for this – I feel like I’m eavesdropping at someone’s funeral.

    This strikes me as a particularly difficult challenge, in as much as it demands the writer to be explicitly autobiographical – not something many of us are comfortable with. So congratulations for stepping up to the plate. And in terms of content, it’s all there and it fits the brief, so well done.

  2. Avatar stargazer1960

    I really like that you included shortcomings and faults. By sharing these, it makes a eulogy more personal and sincere.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    This one feels very balanced, very real—like something that would be read in a kindly tone at the funeral of a guy who didn’t always make the best choices.