Wednesday, December 12, 2018

"Empty Mug" by Lauren McBride, Poet of the Week

Empty Mug

He used to read
the comics to her
over coffee.

Now she reads
to his photograph.

--Lauren McBride 


Poet's Notes: A tribute to my parents, married fifty-eight years, who met as children and were friends for life. 

Editor’s Note:  Ernest Hemingway used to enjoy making up six-word micro-flash fictions.  His most famous:

For sale:  baby shoes, never worn.

Lauren’s final stanza would make a great 6-worder--one I daresay that would have given even the great Hemingway pause.  The first stanza enhances the impact of the second.  Such emotion packed into such a tiny poem!  


2 comments:

  1. I was challenged to write a six word poem this summer. I certainly did not come up with anything as memorable as "Now she reads to his photograph." I do love how much this poems says in such a few words.

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  2. Thank you very much!

    ~Lauren

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