The first part of this challenge would take place within the forum. Hubbers can vote on which entry is the best with the normal vote up, vote down system in place.
Once a winner, or perhaps winners are chosen the challenge changes and becomes a contest / challenge to write the best explanation to what the very short story means.
Inspiration from this comes from a story about the life of Ernest Hemingway that I heard years ago at a bar in Key West Florida.
As many know, unfortunately Hemingway had a drinking problem and quite frequently ran up a large bar tap at a bar near his home on Key West, Florida.
One night late, he asked the bar tender, who also happened to be the bar owner, for some more drinks to close out the night for himself and some friends.
The bar owner challenged Hemingway by telling him this. "Earnest, you write me a short story that I can sell and make enough to pay off your bar bill and I will give you free drinks for a month, but only for you."
Here is Mr. Hemingway's response.
For Sale Baby Shoes Never Used
and that is it folks. Look at the genius in those six words. Let your mind wander and imagine all the variations those six words can lead to.
So my challenge is to my fellow hubbers.
Write a short story in LESS than ten words. Then we all vote on the best and the contest becomes one of writing hubs to explain what the winning short story means.
Nice, Susan but the story is set, not much left to the imagination. I will admit that in this day and age when more than 50% of marriages fail the part missing in your sorry, the divorce, is significant.
On a more serious note though, to me, open ended poems are so intriguing, but at the same time other forms of story/poetry are just as equally beautiful in my mind, like the expression of words based purely on basic observation.
"Where there is a fear, There is a protector. Where there is happiness, There is a smile. When there is hurt, There is an abuser. When there is sadness, There is sorrow. Wherever are you, I am with you."
This is a short story written to a friend who is dead.
Good but vanilla, for this challenge is to tell the story without saying the words. Also the number of words allowed is "less than ten", meaning 1 through 9 words is all you get to tell your short story.
The only way to do this is to do like Hemingway did. Use words that leave as many open ends as possible to multiply the possible meanings and pathways of the story.
Think of all the possibilities in his story.
For sale Never used Baby Shoes
There are hundreds if not thousands of possible meanings in those six words.
Our challenge is to do it it "less than ten words"
Great poem/story, Tinsky. I adore the simplicity of it. I like the use of individual wording of that none of these words would provoke emotion as individuals in a stand alone manner (as many words can), but together one's only left in raw feelings. There's no need for an open ending. The picture is throughly depicted through the words you use, although they are discrete. This poem but leaves the reader with a painted picture in their heads of an event so vivid from piecing so austere.
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