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The Gossip Game

Indistinctly, chattering in the corner
In the dark space where rumors thrive
A social construct of community
A place where truth can not survive

We speak of friends, we talk of fools
We converse on people as it applies
The details are critical to tell a tale
Figments of truth exaggerated by lies

The person who speaks it is the root
The person who listens is the shame
For now their opinion is forever altered
The victim a subject in the gossip game

About this poem

gossip can seem innocent, the bedrock of community, but can cause significant damage to all involved

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Written on December 08, 2008

Submitted by Michaelmatalon on November 15, 2022

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 455
Words 88
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

Michael Matalon

I love to discuss topics relating to physics, spirituality & business. I run a private equity investment company, but in my spare time I enjoy writing. more…

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  • dougb.21370
    Juicy gossip. Slipped into so easily. Story is told of gossip victim taking perp up to a windy hillside and carrying bundle of dandelions. Now blow the seeds in the same direction as this wind. Now, Buddy, pick them all up. OK. 
    LikeReply 125 days ago
  • teril
    I love this! What a great way to describe a dangerous human tendency. May we each examine our own behavior!
    LikeReply 14 months ago


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