In a room filled with stale cigarette smoke, at about 3.00 am some nine years ago, I sat in awe at the power and beauty of a Japanese poetic format called the ‘Haiku’. It was the first time I had ever come across the single-stanza, three-line, seventeen-syllable form. I was hooked, and since that day, I became an ardent fan of Haiku-style poetry. There was nothing that could match its compactness, power and expressiveness.
Then, two days ago while blog-hopping, I came across something called the six-word story. POW! It hit me like a Bruce Lee one-inch punch. Recovering from my daze, I came to the realisation that this was another compact form of writing that delivered power, grace and expressiveness. Like the Haiku, writing a six-word story requires a certain amount of discipline, economy, and of course, creativity. But unlike Haikus, six-word stories are prose – they are not verse. Regardless, both forms are beautiful in their simplicity and versatile in their ability to convey emotions.
Here are a few six-word stories I have cobbled from the net
Came home. Saw them. Stabbed both.
Husband happy now. Time to sleep.
You. Me. Together again. Past forgotten.
Here are a few by by friend, Digital Pix (Bangkai’s note: he’s got a wicked sense of humour)
Came home. Saw them. Threesome. Yessss!
I conquered. I came. I deny.
Here is a couple from my friend, Mrs J
Burnt chicken. Smoky oven. Chinese takeway.
Shit. Shower. Shave. Everyday the same.
Get the picture? I am so enamoured by the six-word story concept that I am thinking it would be fun to compile maybe a few hundred or so of these little babies and then post them later in another entry on this blog. Naturally, I am asking my dear friends from blogland (pretty please) to send in some of their six-word stories via comments. Sadly though, there will be no financial incentive for doing this. The incentive (if you can call it that) is for the fun of doing it and also for the fact that it would make an old ‘love skeptic’ a very happy man.
So, rubyahmad, samad torpedo, jason phoon, elviza, cakapaje, calv, idham, blarbarella, minci, lily the liverbird, lin (macvaysia), digital pix, Mrs J, JT (jacqui’s curve), princess eileen, you know what to do.
If you are not listed above, I would still love to hear from you.
(Bangkai: Request stories. Risk rejection. Still hopeful.)