For Sale or Rent
Seeking: Fur with a heartbeat
With moist breath
And an inability to speak
For: Absorption of tears and wailing
Contact: Joni under the birch tree
Price: Negotiable OBO
Urgent. Reply ASAP
JONI IS REALLY SAD
Joni trips on the step as she enters Murdock Funeral Home. She passes Michael Murdock who flashes her a large plastic smile. Joni does not respond.
She sees the layout: the casket with Robert is straight ahead, a cluster of people—presumably the family—stands past the casket, and a line is queued to view the body. Joni joins the line to wait her turn. Two people turn toward her. Their expressions, like Joni’s, are blank.
Continue reading Jim Coffman, author, tries SHOW not TELL