As an editorial page editor, I had hundreds of arguments with letter writers who were certain they couldn't adequately express themselves within our 200-word limit. For years, we pointed to an Anchorage Daily News letter that had done a fine job in just 14 words:
I smoke pot. So what? Send me to jail. I can get it there.
That was eclipsed when I later discovered the winner of a nation-wide essay contest on the theme "good government" had used just six words:
Good government. Good government. Sit. Stay.
It turns out that lots of people have worked on telling stories in few words, sometimes called "flash fiction." I had never before encountered this story, which Ernest Hemingway reportedly called his best work:
For sale. Baby shoes, never worn.
I recently encountered this post, which encourages people to come up with "six word stories."
Let's play, too. You could leave your suggestions here as comments.