Gossip

by Michael   Oct 6, 2019


In her absence-

mouths gather round the
rims of tea-cups.

tongues begin to wag
stinging the air with spiky opinions
raucous voices echo
as whispers drop like flies

like vultures, they circle
her vacant chair

splintering through teeth
words march along their shoulders
like an army of ants carrying rotten
brittle leaves from their books
supplying ears that hunger
for titbits

tittle-tattle.

jaws drop like anchors-
into a shark-infested silence.

faces tempered with heat

as she walks in.

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  • 1 month ago

    by Star

    I am happy with this week results! Congratulations!!

    • 1 month ago

      by Michael

      Thank you STAR :)

  • 1 month ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    This was such a blunt, vivid piece that really painted the picture of how consuming and greedy gossip is. I've seen this happen at places that you would think could be safe and non-judgemental spaces. It's truly vile, and you've captured this well. This happened at my church frequently, and people would just say they're "venting", but I would say that I want no part, or try to defend the person. I think a person can become so used to gossip or just reliving history or certain parts of the person that they never want to think of them as anything else. And for some people, if they didn't gossip, what would they have to talk about? Do they have anything meaningful and worthwhile to say?

    Well done, Michael!

    • 1 month ago

      by Michael

      thanks MA, and your comments hold so much truth :)x

  • 1 month ago

    by CJ Maleney

    Really loving the visuals in this one and it's tempo.

    Great piece dude

    Craig

    • 1 month ago

      by Michael

      Thank you fella :)

  • 1 month ago

    by Mark

    Your way with words Michael.... Just a series of poetic pleasures in every piece.

    • 1 month ago

      by Michael

      Nice words Mark thank you :)

  • 1 month ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Ooh you have mastered the art of descriptive metaphors to a 'T' Michael and this is just excellent! :-) x
    =^.^=

    • 1 month ago

      by Michael

      Thank you Miss Kitty :) x

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