Friday, December 28, 2012

Romance in a nutshell

Cupid's arrows are often errant, as evidenced by two zingy collections of Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: By Writers Famous and Obscure. Here's a mini-sampler of the pithy bon mots therein.

Met him online; blogged the divorce.
No, you can't have the toaster.
My partner in sin found God.
Married by Elvis; divorced by Friday.
Portland she decided; I, the Bronx.
Arranged marriage now sounding pretty good.
Siren wooed. Sailor swooned. Man overboard!
Three marriages. Two divorces. BA 333.
Kissed many frogs. Finally found prince.
Thought Yiddish. Married British. Oy! Oi!
Bachelor visits library, books wife. (Nonfiction)
Love makes the world go stupid.
Therapist: "You went back after that?"
Love plus laughter: happily ever after.
Found soul mate. Became cell mate.
Happiness is a bed to myself.
My marital advice? Marry an orphan.

They never seemed crazy at first.
Tried men. Tried women. Like cats.
No closet could hide this love.
Somebody should  have objected at my wedding.
Three word memoir: Paper. Pen. Revenge.


  1. You should have saved this one for the day BEFORE Valentine's Day :)

  2. "Love is a smoke made with the fumes of sighs,
    Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes.
    Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers' tears.
    What is it else? A madness most discreet,
    A choking gall, and a preserving sweet."-- Shakespeare

    I agree with No Talent Hack.

    1. For that refreshing dose of genius, much thanks. Well, I couldn't wait until Valentine's Day because the book in question would most likely have sold out. Mea culpa, y'all!

  3. This is great! I like "Love makes the world go stupid". lol

  4. That cat gives new meaning to white tie and tail.

  5. Hey, I'm as obscure as they come!
    "What use is my sentence appealing?
    Who devised this entrapment superb?
    My bars are intransigent feeling,
    My love an intransitive verb."

    The end of a poem I wrote years ago.

    1. whoa! a play on the poetic device of "enjambment" should be incorporated into a poem on failed romance ... what do you think?

  6. Have we become so ADDS riddled that even haiku is too long to bother with?

  7. In the original (?) of the six-word books, Not Quite What I Was Planning (2008), a woman writes on the very first page: “After Harvard, had baby with crackhead.“ And someone a bit later: “Never should have bought that ring.”

    1. The ruefulness factor does get to you, especially with a book on that theme!

  8. Dare I say "Happy New Year"?

  9. The post-holiday letdown--now this.
    Don't unscrew that bottle, you miser!
    Like dead actors, you're in reruns
    Of holiday movies. Happy New Year.

    1. Caption idea for traditional New Year's baby: Nappy New Year