It’s been a poetic, lovelorn, literary week at the Takeaway. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked you to share your stories of love and loss, and to do so in exactly six words. We launched our project a week ago with Larry Smith, editor of Smith Magazine and pioneer of the six-word-memoir project. And Larry is back to discuss your stories, which you tweeted to us with the hashtag #sixwords, posted on Facebook, and texted us.
Among them were many success stories:
Many of the love stories focused on surprise love in the autumn years:
But one of the biggest themes was regret:
And of course, there was longing:
Betrayal was also big:
And, sadly, many stories touched on death…
But some listeners were very happy for the end to come:
In addition to the short stories above, we also have the background from a couple — a straight couple — who found love in an unexpected place. Their story reads: Gay bar meeting, true love found.
The female half of the couple is Amy Eoff and the male half is William Gibson.