Love and heartbreak in six words

Can you describe your love or heartache in exactly six words? Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak proves yes. They’re poignant and brief descriptions of that powerful emotion and its aftermath by writers famous and otherwise.

USA Today excerpts some good entries from the book. My favorites on the list are “My life’s accomplishments? Sanity, and you” from Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Love, Pray fame) and “He still needs me at sixty-four” from Armistead Maupin. Yes, that means I’m still optimistic about love. For now.

There’s also a website with a place for anyone to submit their own, though I’m not sure I recommend reading the submissions because you might find yourself quickly depressed by the sheer volume of heartache.

It took a bit of an editing effort, but I came up with a few six-word descriptions of my current heartache, several of which I can’t in good conscience publish here. But here’s one of the lighter ones: Five years later: what happens now?

How would you sum up your love or heartbreak in six words?

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13 Responses to Love and heartbreak in six words

  1. The Dutchess of Kickball says:

    Wow, this is hard but I’ll go with:

    Warm hands, warm heart, warm soul.

  2. Emily says:

    Ooooh I love this – the first one that came to mind was “Through thick and thin there’s you.” or “Laughter and tears, love never disappears.” And to prove I’m not only a crazy love junky “Why are you still here? Go!” (obviously not about husbando!)

  3. Ben and Kristen says:

    Pick up your socks or die

  4. Vanessa says:

    Oh, I remember doing the Six Word Memoirs last year but didn’t realize there was one just for love. It hurts my heart a little to think about this, but the first one that comes to mind is:

    Why can’t I get it right?


    I give so much. Step up!

  5. Mel says:

    I just ordered this recently on Barnes & Nobles. I can't wait to get it!

    My six-word (albeit depressing in my mood today): It will never happen for me.

    Sad, right?

  6. Miss Marie says:

    “The secret letter: ‘I’ll wait forever.'”

  7. Currer Bell says:


    He gets me like nobody has.


    Hand in hand, taking on life.

  8. Vanessa says:

    I’m leaving another: I wish I had known better.

  9. alexa - cleveland's a plum says:

    “i’m usually the only one hurting”

  10. bupperoni says:

    my soulmate, shining star, best friend.

  11. Jen McClurg says:

    You and me: we’re human synergy

  12. Candy says:

    I think I can do better.

  13. em says:

    You, with appetite and madness, you.

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