Inspired by What’s Your Grief, I have decided to use their latest blog post as inspiration for my own.
The authors write:
‘Legend has it, famous author Ernest Hemingway, out to lunch at the Algonquin, bet a table full of fellow writers he could write a short story in just 6 words. His companions had their doubts and wagered 10 dollars each to put Hemingway to the test. As the tale goes, Hemingway believed the resulting story to be his finest work ever.’
They then challenge readers to write their own six word stories, to which I have responded below each prompt. Regular readers will recognise a mixture of stories about Chris and Kim.
1. A story about your loved one
She embodied courage and strength.
2. A story about the death
Came out of left-field, really.
3. A story about you before he/she died
Writer, poet, musician – all-round creative.
4. A story about you after he/she died
Wondering when forgiveness sneaks in.
5. A story about a good memory
Volunteer guitar teaching brought immense joy.
6. A story about something that makes you mad
Self-destruction was not her path.
7. A story about something that gives you anxiety
Unanswered questions still remain, now unanswerable.
8. A story about something that gives you hope.
Writing through the pain is possible.
9. A story about how you feel about death
Life’s teacher for the hardest class.
10. A story about your loved one’s best quality
Through everything, her answer was ‘Fine’.
11. Something you wish people knew about your grief.
Virtual friendship, real pain, true loss.
This has been a really interesting exercise, which you might want to try out for yourselves. The posting schedule’s gone a bit awry, but I will hopefully return to it next week.
I have begun to prepare a series of poems for submission to a literary journal, with regards to which I will keep you updated. If you do write any six word stories about your grief experiences, feel free to share them here, or at the What’s Your Grief post. Let me know if you do share them there, as I’d love to read them.
Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,