Do they Exist?
Why 6 Word Poems?
They challenge us to choose our words carefully. For those of us who tend to ramble (yours truly included - you should see the amount of text I have to cut from compositions!) ... 6 words forces us to focus.
That said. It's fun. The commitment is small. We don't have to hem and haw over the next stanza and whether or not it compliments the ideas before and after.
And - they are a perfect venue for instagram and twitter where your space is limited anyway.
My favorite from student AH last year is still: Over rainbow, no pot of gold.
It's a play on a popular idea, and yet...
and yet, there is such a sense of disappointment. The poet feels cheated, and we get that.
Try your own.
Start playing with ideas, but don't be cliche. For example, the "Keep Calm and Carry On" versions are a bit overdone right now.
Do try to start with something familiar.
Do scour your writer's notebooks for phrases and ideas you like.
This is word play, it's what writers do for fun, and sometimes, like with the sample above, we write something profound.
Enjoy your writing.
In 6 words - just this once!