Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Fussy Little Forms – “Cherita”
(posted by Marian)
Cherita builds on haiku and tanka, and was inspired by the six-word story, which was inspired by Hemingway, so hey, there is a rich history here. You remember Hemingway’s:
For sale, baby shoes, never worn
Cherita is a six-line poem in three stanzas. First stanza is one line, second stanza two lines, third stanza three lines. Line length is up to you. The idea is to write a short story in six lines.
The small auburn dog is overweight,
due to medications that he must take daily.
No one is to blame. One day he decided
to jump from couch seat to top. Determined,
he slid back three times, then was triumphant.
From his new perch, he watches the world go by . . . and barks.