Six-Word Stories: Rhyming Edition
Dad flies. Son defies sun, dies.
News Flash: Daedalus’s Kid Makes Splash
Asteroid. Earth destroyed. Null and void.
Twister missed her, tossed her mister.
Elephant weds ant. Want kids. Can’t.
Loves Lawyers Lost
He proposed. She opposed. Case closed.
Tears of a Clown
Circus bride lied, visited strongman’s double-wide.
Assets bled. Lawyers fed. Single bed.
Devil’s wiles. Defendants’ denials. Water trials.
Dunked, bound. Verdict found: innocent, drowned.
Joshua Coben’s first book, Maker of Shadows (Texas Review Press, 2010), won the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. His second collection, Night Chaser (David Robert Books, 2020), was a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize, the New American Poetry Prize, and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Light (Summer/Fall 2020), as well as Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, College English, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. Visit him online at www.joshuacoben.com.