This poem, every line, six words
Can the story of your work
Be worked out in 6 words?
Is that too much to ask?
Would it be a Chaplin Comedy?
Would it be a Chaplin Tragedy?
Would it even have a plot?
Choose your six words very carefully
With toil and labor over meaning.
Can six words capture the essence?
And what will you leave out?
Express six words of your work.
Go ahead, try it, write now.
One two three four five six.
Never forget Ernest Hemingway’s great story.
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