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?