“The Shadow-Merchant” / Memorable Fancies #1457

[“When the coffin is about to be lowered into the grave, most of the spectators recoil a little lest their shadows fall in.” – Frazer, The Golden Bough]

My profession is to stand near the graves as coffins are being lowered, and let a bit of my shadow be interred with the worthy dead (and I’m sure they’re worthy, as my fees are high).

In this way, a slight loss of my self has comforted those now underground, while above ground I prosper.

In my own will, I have asked that twelve other shadow-merchants contribute a bit of their own shades to my grave. As I view this as professional courtesy, I have not set aside funds to pay them.  <END>

Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Everything Wants to Happen, the first thousand Memorable Fancies from this blog, revised and updated.

Happen cover pshopped


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