Bri Edwards

Gold Star - 8,126 Points (some time ago / Earth, i believe)

Tattletale..... [human Behavior; Medium Length; Fault? -Finding; 'Whistleblowing'] - Poem by Bri Edwards

A tattletale is one who tattles
[an informer, the dictionary does say].
I associate the word 'tattletale' with kids
who together fight or play.
It's NOT been used in a complimentary way,
IN THE EXPERIENCES, as a kid, I'VE had,
but, instead, as an accusatory description
of childish behavior some think is BAD.
Let me give you an example, if I may,
of just what I mean.
I'll make up for you a tattletale episode,
from a childhood-story scene.

'Jack and Jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water.'
[That's a sentence from an old children's rhyme;
Jack's not my son, nor Jill my daughter.]
Now IF, on their way down the hill,
Jack tripped Jill and Jill fell down
[in the rhyme it was Jack who fell down
and cracked his skull/'crown']
Jill might run home, tattle on Jack,
and then begin to wail;
Jack might then be mad
and call Jill a …..'tattletale'.

But, you see, all Jill did was tell the
truth and then burst out crying,
while Jack seemed to find fault with Jill,
though SHE was NOT lying.
Kids (like adults!) don't like
to get into trouble.
No one likes to have a tattletale
go and burst their comfort-bubble.
These days, in 'America' at least,
adult tattling is called 'whistleblowing',
and it can display powerful people
or groups …..with 'their slips showing'.

(February 26,2014)


Poet's Notes about The Poem

i've given this poem the topic 'politics' (i hope it works) so PH will know how i want it categorized. whistleblowing has been in the news in this country quite a bit in my later adult years. i don't know if they called it that when Nixon was president.
actually 'politics' was not what i was thinking when i had the title idea. i got the idea because a young grandmother who works at the library, where i volunteer, told me one day that her 3-year-old granddaughter had 'tattletaled'/tattled on her. i think the grandma had hit another car while driving the granddaughter somewhere; she may have just dinged a parked car with her door.....i didn't quite catch the details... anyway, when the kid got to her mom, she told mom that grandma had hit a car. grandma was not pleased, i gathered, that the 3-year-old had tattled! cute story? or not? it is true. bri :)

Comments about Tattletale..... [human Behavior; Medium Length; Fault? -Finding; 'Whistleblowing'] by Bri Edwards

  • Gold Star - 5,675 Points Savita Tyagi (8/12/2014 9:07:00 PM)

    your poem took me back to the years when solving children's fight and argument the word tattletale was used by the kid on defense. Today adult politics sounds like that too! (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,373 Points Francis Lynch (8/2/2014 8:35:00 PM)

    I always associated tattling as a break of trust. As in the case with Jack and Jill. The comraderie is broken between them now that Jill has exposed Jack as the one responsible. Would Jack have told? (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,455 Points Eugene Levich (8/1/2014 8:01:00 PM)

    Well, i guess tattling on your friends is somehow quite different from describing to the public the crookedness of politicians or bureaucrats- the first is merely to get another kid (or adult?) into trouble while the second is (or should be) to benefit the public and right a wrong. Viva the whistle blower! And, incidentally, I'm sending a note to the present Bride of Bri that you are eating pizza and ice cream behind her back! So there! (Fun poem!) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 1, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, August 1, 2014


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