An even shorter anthology

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An even shorter anthology

Postby c_nordlander » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:18 pm

You've probably heard this one. Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in six words: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." (Though Snopes tells me it's possible that he didn't write it.)

Here's my own anthology of very, very short stories, each comprising 6 words.

1. The agony made me someone different.

2. Satyrs lived on those beaches now.

3. She injected heroin into the cake.

4. Horns poked through her auburn curls.

5. The first resurrection happened last month.

6. Those things passed, so may this.

7. Hospital. Home. Kindergarten. School. University. Hospital.

8. If you can read this, help.

9. I married Johanna from the morgue.

10. Even as Pope, I had problems.

11. My second child, Simon, also died.

12. Young, blonde, killed someone with tapioca.

13. I know it is true, Lucifer.

14. You start feeling cold when dying.

15. One novel: love. Another novel: death.

16. The final resurrection happened last Sunday.

17. She left novels on bus tickets.

18. You sing and do not know.

19. The A-bomb's glare twisted like tentacles.

20. The shadow below wasn't mine.

21. I passed out in the cave.

22. Pyrokinesis was hard, creating explosions easier.

23. Damaged: my memory encompasses ninety days.

24. Unexpectedly, you could dream in Hell.

25. Light. Stumbling. Light. Pain. Light. Blank.

26. I endeavoured to smother him painlessly.

27. Drink up; we will die simultaneously.

28. My brother joined the other side.

29. Hero's ascent, climax, hero's descent, fall.

30: Schooling; love; madness; children; death; escape.


Feel free to add your own!
The noose draws tighter;
This is the end;
I'm a good fighter
But a bad friend;
I've played the traitor
Over and over;
I'm a good hater
But a bad lover.


Elinor Wylie, "Peregrine"
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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby Gulliver63 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:36 pm

Let me give this a try; this actually came from a journal I wrote years ago:

"A journey not of my choosing."
"We are today's creatures, locked in tomorrow's double feature..."
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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby c_nordlander » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:41 am

Wow, that's good!
The noose draws tighter;
This is the end;
I'm a good fighter
But a bad friend;
I've played the traitor
Over and over;
I'm a good hater
But a bad lover.


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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby Gulliver63 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:14 pm

Quite a sad story behind that one...I'll have to share someday.
"We are today's creatures, locked in tomorrow's double feature..."
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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby Tony_Baritone » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:24 pm

I'm in class with her again!
This marriage won't last two years.
One more and I'm in Washington.
It's too cold for late August.
My leg just broke. That's painful.
Days and nights are mixed up.
This program might be worth watching.
Can I face the world again?
This idiot's in real trouble now.
She's dead, and it's not reversible.
Can you believe that went in?
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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby c_nordlander » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:53 am

Those are plain excellent, Tony. I don't have any words. Not even six ones.
The noose draws tighter;
This is the end;
I'm a good fighter
But a bad friend;
I've played the traitor
Over and over;
I'm a good hater
But a bad lover.


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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby fellranger » Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:43 pm

Honesty loyalty laughter generosity kindness...alicorn...

I can only apologise for that.
There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning....
And that, I think, was the handle - that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting - on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave....
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby Tony_Baritone » Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:07 pm

Thanks Chris, no apologies necessary Alex. :)
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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby missy_misery » Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:56 am

Amazing, you guys!
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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby SirMustapha » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:51 am

Like. Share. Comment. Drink. Sleep alone.
"Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles"

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Re: An even shorter anthology

Postby c_nordlander » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:04 am

Hah, love it.
The noose draws tighter;
This is the end;
I'm a good fighter
But a bad friend;
I've played the traitor
Over and over;
I'm a good hater
But a bad lover.


Elinor Wylie, "Peregrine"

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