I remember reading a six word story attributed to Ernest Hemingway, it said, “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” And that started a curious wonder for sad six word stories.
Although there really is no solid proof saying that Hemingway did write the story, it is believed that he wrote it to win a bet. He challenged a few writers that he could write a six-word story that could make people cry. And he did.
Because the six-word format was so good, a few other people followed in. I have collected a few stories that follow the format. I like these stories because, well, they are short but sharp. Like daggers that pierce through your flesh, they bring out pains in your heart you never knew you had. They are kept short just so it can adjust to the degrading attention span of today’s world but are jam-packed with feelings.
I won’t keep you much longer, here they are:
Painfully, he changed “is” to “was.”
“Wrong number,” says a familiar voice.
The smallest coffins are the heaviest.
Brought roses home. Keys didn’t fit.
First sentient robot: “Turn me off.”
Paramedics finished her text, “…love you”.
Introduced myself to mother again today.
“I’m faking Alzheimers.” said Granddad. Again.
Birth certificate. Death certificate. One pen.
“Just married!” read the shattered windshield.
Finally spoke to her. Left flowers.
Met my soulmate. At her wedding.
“I do,” she said, as told.
So, how are the stories? Did you like them? What was your favorite? Mine was Painfully, he changed “is” to “was.” Do you have a six-word story that you can share to us? Post your reactions at the comments section below. And if you find this article shareable, please hit the social buttons below.