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Say it in Six: A Resource for Facilitators, an Exercise for Writers

Breakfast: calm island amidst a choppy day.

– by Chef Jim



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The above is a charming example of a six words exercise that can be a terrific source of inspiration for both poetry lovers, facilitators of circles, and poetry writers. The site is rich with contributions by people who enjoy “Saying it in Six”—capturing an insight, a memory, a moment in only 6 words.

Here’s the explanation of why this matters from the from the Six Word Memoirs website:

A Six-Word Memoir® is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.  In classrooms and boardrooms, churches and synagogues, veteran’s groups and across the dinner table, Six-Word Memoirs have become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination or simply break the ice.

Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.

More than half a million short stories have been shared here and on SmithTeens. Read more about six.

So give six a try—and make your words count.”

The site is very searchable and easy to navigate.  Looking for a Title or theme for your next poetry circle? Search for six “it grabs me” words on happiness, love, advice, or work.

Here’s an example of the top Six Words for Mother Nature:  ”Unforgiving parents, Mother Nature, Father Time” BanjoDan

If you enjoy writing, their 6 words can become your prompt. There’s a weekly challenge contest that encourages participants to submit on a theme related to the season, an upcoming holiday, or some topic of interest.
Some people combine images with their six word poem, so release your inner photographer. People will upvote their favorites on the site, and this is useful for searching out offerings that you now know had wide appeal, and may be equally meaningful to your poetry circle.

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This material is created by Kim Langley, M.Ed. for WordSPA and is being used with permission if it includes the following contact information: Find Kim Langley and WordSPA at www.WordSPA.net. Call us at 216-226-3351. Email us at kimlangley@wordspa.net