National Poetry Month: Day 22

Memoryhouse has recently been collecting six-word memoirs from the UChicago community and now, to celebrate National Poetry Month, we are sharing them with you! We will be publishing two six-word memoirs every day in April along with fun writing prompts to inspire you to write your own six-word memoir, poetry, or autobiography. Want to share your six-word story with the world? Email us at chicagomemoryhouse@gmail.com or Facebook us. To submit longer pieces visit our Submit page.

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In his poem “Lament,” Thom Gunn writes, “I think back to the scented summer night / We talked between our sleeping bags, below / A molten field of stars five years ago: / I was so tickled by your mind’s light touch / I couldn’t sleep, you made me laugh too much, / Though I was tired and begged you to leave off.” This week, try and remember one of those nights when you and a loved one stayed up all night, too busy telling stories and enjoying each other’s company to sleep. Write a scene that encapsulates the feeling of the quote above, whether it’s set during a summer camping trip with a best friend, catching up with a cousin during a family reunion, or just an average weeknight spent staying up past your bedtime with your siblings or parents.

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