I enjoy micro-poetry and micro-storytelling.
I understand that not everyone feels this way. Once (or
twice *cough*), I heard
a writer say that a haiku is “too vague to say anything real” and that “micro-stories
are a sign of laziness brought on by social media”. After I finished rolling my
eyes and glaring (yes, at the same time, I can be quite skilled when I combine
disbelief and disdain) I reminded the writer of the famous 6-word story,
attributed to Hemingway:
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
read that micro-story hundreds of times, and it still breaks my heart. I don’t
know of anyone who can read this without feeling the loss. The whole story is
there. In six words.
And I don’t
even know what to say about the ridiculous idea of haiku being “too vague” to
show reality. That is a heap of nonsense. How could anyone read Bashō and think haiku negatively ambiguous? Seriously, can you read the following two
translations of this Bashō haiku and believe the imagery “too vague” to speak clearly
of what’s left after war? Anyone who can read this without feeling its vast
power has my deepest condolences.
all that remains
of warriors’ dreams”
“waves of summer grass:
all that remains of soldiers’
my dear poets
and storytellers, I invite you to take your muse into world of Micro-writing.
As always, you can write poetry or prose. If choosing poetry, you can write a haiku, a senryū, an American sentence, a tanka, or an elfchen. If going for prose, then the genre is your choice, but the word
count must be exactly 69 words.
Please, only one poem or prose piece per participant.
most of us (all right, me)
might never be able to produce masterpieces like those quoted, but I’m quite
certain that most of us can birth a splendid piece of micro-writing.
prompt will stay open for one week. We welcome new prose or poetry, or old pieces
that have been significantly rewritten. One link per participant, as always. But
unlike our usual Weekly Scribblings, this particular prompt limits poetry
contributions to the forms offered above (haiku, senryū, American
sentence, tanka, or elfchen) and prose
contributions to exactly 69 words. I know I’m repeating myself, but I just
really want to see what wonders we produce with a rather limited number of words.
Let’s write succinctly. And comment at length.