Thalia: Once upon a time, in a fair world long, long ago . . . we dreamt of writing a story together. Remember?
Melpomene: Ah, yes. Or rather, we planned to take similar plot elements and characters, and each write our own story. Just to compare.
Thalia: It’s still a great idea. We had a title, too. “No Excuses on a Clear Day”
Melpomene: We are still doing it. Sometime in the future. A tale filled with humanity, rainfall, mobsters, explosions, and toupees.
Thalia: Toupees! You mean the secret . . .
Melpomene: SSHHHHH! Don’t give it away!
Thalia: Right. Sorry. But we can make it pretty as well as clever?
Melpomene: Yep! Make it poetci!
Melpomene: I mean, “poetic”. I mistyped. Sorry.
Thalia: It can be “poetci” too.
Melpomene: AhahahahaAAA! I have a BRILLIANT idea!
Thalia: Ummm . . . “Poetci” looks like Polish?
Melpomene: No. We need to start a po-etsy site!
Thalia: Like Etsy? Only . . . for POETRY?
Thalia: OH! Yes. Yes, we should!
Melpomene: We would be given commissions for specific poems. That we then we would write!
Thalia: Oh man . . . .
Melpomene: And THEN, (wait for it,) we would GET PAID!
Thalia: Ob.vio.sly. GETTING PAID!
Thalia: And then we could get RICH!
Melpomene: People NEED poems for all sorts of special occasion, right?
Thalia: Like birthdays, or love confessions, or funerals!
Melpomene: As long as we don’t write for students who are supposed to be perfecting the sonnet form for themselves, we should be alright.
Thalia: I can actually see this working . . . Let’s practice!
Melpomene: Okay. Say . . . a poem celebrating Uncle Greg’s 67th b-day. He loves everything aviation related, and likes Wendell Berry. Go!
Thalia: Okay. I think I can do this.
As soaring overheadthe AngelsSo today our bannersAnd with our banners soour heartsSoar above our daily drudgeYet take with it a homely mission:To write upon the sky our missive,Uncle Greg, here’s to many another one!
Melpomene: Aww! It needs some work, but a nice start.
Thalia: I think that it would be rather fun to do this for folks. Especially since they would have to provide the topic.
Melpomene: And, preferably, indicate the form and tone.
Thalia: We have played Blitz Poems often enough to be good at this!
Melpomene: It might not often aspire to be high poetry . . .
Thalia: But it would be pretty, thoughtful, and personal!
Melpomene: Sweet, funny ones . . . .
Thalia: Or deep, angsty ones!
Melpomene: For Your Heartfelt Confession, We Find Expression.
Thalia: Poets, Inc.!
Melpomene: How has this idea not been done already?
Thalia: I DON’T KNOW! It’s BRILLIANT!
Melpomene: According to my cursory internet search, our only competition is an antique seller on Etsy proper.
Thalia: NOT poetry.
Melpomene: And a Dutch website for. . . . soap?
Melpomene: I can’t figure it out. Is that silver polish?
Thalia: Uh, possibly. But either way, again, NOT POETRY!
Melpomene: Now we just need a business plan.
Thalia: How to market and drum up interest?
Melpomene: That. I am thinking we start off at fifty cents a line?
Thalia: Pshaw! Cheap!
Melpomene: At least until we build a reputation.
Thalia: And clientele.We need some sample clientele.
Melpomene: And ideas and examples, and possibly a trial website . . .
Thalia: Alright. Let’s do it.
Melpomene: Poetci.com, here we come!