I really enjoyed reading this post. Some flash fiction has reduced me to tears, so I have great respect for the power of short and succinct. And you're so right, song or ballad lyrics are perfect examples. As for your challenge to come up with another one or two, hmm, how about Coward of the County by Kenny Rogers? Setting these to music makes them so more emotion charged. I'll have to look up more flash fiction.
Hi Paula - That's a great example too. A lot of folk and country songwriters are great storytellers, and I guess it harks back to earlier centuries where stories were passed on through song. I've had a few flash fiction pieces published, but at the longer end of the spectrum (700-800 words). I admire people who can write a lot less than that and still pack a punch. I just went to a flash fiction workshop on the weekend, which got me thinking about it again. Will have to experiment more with it myself. Thanks for stopping by to comment :)