"He leaned back into his driver's seat, closed his eyes, and waited to feel something for the dead man".
I am always happy anytime Ethel Rohan publishes a new short short. I have posted on two of her collections of short stories, several of her stories and she has contributed a guest post as well as a very illuminating Q and A session. I am very convinced that if someone does an Irish Short Story Month 25 years from now for sure Rohan will be by default included. I admit I like to imagine someone finding my first posts on her work decades from now and wondering who Mel u was that saw the potential for greatness in the work of Rohan. I know this may seem hyperbolic to some but it is how I feel.
"Goodnight Nobody" is a short work about what happens when a San Francisco garbage man finds, for the first time in his thirty years on the job, a dead body in a dumpster. The man looks in the dumpster twice to be sure he was right, yes it is the body of a sixty year old or so homeless man. Of course he calls the police and his boss. He is moved to think of the last corpse he saw. It was the body of his wife of thirty-three years. While he waits for the police to do their inspections, he think of hi years with his wife and of his visits to her grave. He goes back to the dead man and regrets he can feel nothing for him and is a bit ashamed of himself when he realizes if it was a pretty young girl he would feel something for her.
There is a lot in this very moving story.
You can read this story here.