Fourteen lines

When Petrarch used this noble metric form
He wrote his verse in standard eights and sixes
But others soon departed from the norm
And played around with new poetic mixes

Shakespeare went for three fours and a two
And closed each poem with a pleasing rhyme
His every verse bounced like a kangaroo
(Although he wouldn’t have known it at the time)

Petrarch’s form was rarely controversial
While Shakespeare mostly used his for the ladies
But neither of them thought to go commercial
Both viewed commerce much as they viewed Hades

The world’s moved on. It needs a business sonnet.
If you agree, just say the word. I’m on it.



Five lines

The coolest award of the year
Should go to this novel idea:
In bold black and white
A limerick’s right
For selling (insert your name here)

A story in 100 words

There were three mousetrap inventors living in a wood. The first told no one. “I have no need. The world will beat a path to my door,” he said. The world didn’t.

The second hired Big Marcomms Ltd. She spent a fortune. Sales rose, but the glitz wore off, and in a year she was forgotten. Even by Big Marcomms Ltd.

The third hired Lyon Communications, and at reasonable rates. Their partnership grew, and so did business.

Why? “Simple,” they said in harmony. “We don’t do dull.”

Everyone lived happily ever after.

Except for the other inventors. And the mice.