I had to write my own eulogy for my non-fiction writing class (my last requirement for a fiction writing certificate), and then I had to rewrite it in the style of one of my favorite authors. I decided to have some fun with it, and went full on Dr. Seuss style:
Nanci was a person unlike any other,
who loved those around her, she had not a brother,
she would throw grand parties, with food and booze,
and she had a grand closet filled with shoes.
She was friendly and sweet with the right amount of sass,
and sometimes could be a little bit crass.
Nanci was a quiet,
and liked to be alone.
She loved to read and write,
and hated talking on her phone.
When she did go out,
it was to have a good time,
movies, concerts, vodka sodas with lime.
She avoided crowds
whenever she could,
but she liked to travel
and fly on planes she would.
She liked to go places
that had a beach and sun,
places with trees and seagulls
and places filled with fun.
When Nanci wasn’t traveling
writing or reading,
her family she was usually at home feeding,
Or helping with homework, making them think,
Sometimes she even made them empty the sink.
She loved her boys and decent men they’d be
if she had to die trying
If you disparaged her boys
She’d send you home crying.
She didn’t just have kids,
she had a husband too,
he was her best friend and her lover
and sometimes her called her ‘Boo’.
They shared a fun life together
sometimes happy, sometimes sad,
but they always worked through their troubles
both the good and the bad.
They were the bestest of friends anyone ever had.
Nanci was creative,
she liked to paint and draw,
and alter simple objects,
into things others never saw.
Bottles were her favorite
to turn into something new,
whimsical creations they became,
pieces of art so true.
Paper was another item,
she loved to play with most,
and she used it to make magical books
so of her travels she could boast.
Nanci loved one thing
it was her favorite thing to do,
it was to write stories,
and come up with stories new.
Love and gangsters were her muses
her stories sad and happy,
but it could be said with
the utmost truth,
she never wrote anything sappy.
She wanted to make you think about life and love,
in terms of bad and good,
and how people weren't all they seemed
and to look at the bigger picture we all should.