A Goblet Of Gossip Poem by Simone Harriman

A Goblet Of Gossip



Hiss-spit shhh…..
Come
There's a secret to tell
A soul to judge
A human to ridicule

Come, slither with me
I'll slide into your ear
To the sewer side of your brain
We'll whisper as wasps
And sting, where it costs
So come, let's concoct
A cocktail of poison

I'll squeeze lemons with your heart
And mix in, a smidgen of mayhem
With a little vinegar twist
Of your innate hatred and bitterness
So let's babble in the bowel, so delightfully foul
A fabrication to invent and ferment
In your colostomy of calumny

We can leach and strain the fruits of shame
So let's jigger and deliver an ill-will liqueur
Poured in a shaker with ice picks
For a long cold backstabbing kick in the guts
Let's line up our frosty chilled glasses
With a little swizzle stick to stir in a smack of spitefulness

To linger longer after laughter
Let's lick the spit from our lips
And dip a dirty dishonouring finger
In the thick mockery of cream
To serve with a monster measure of meanness
And plop, an acrimonious black cherry, on top

I propose a treacherous toast
To guiltless gossip and scathing scandal
May the humiliation, misery and pain
Last forever
My little bird of a feather
Endeavour to savour the first flavour of failure
It'll get bitterly better by banter and rancour
Viral on lips, vicious from sips
In a smart-alecky, snickery-sneery way

Oh the anticipation, the expectation, the elation
As I spill slowly each slanderous drop
And drip derision with precision
In your outstretched cup of gossip
Quivering in your hands

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: gossip,mockery,poison,scandal,secrets
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Clarence Prince 23 March 2016

There is away to get over all bitterness, and it's through forgiveness. we must first forgive and we will be forgiven; as it is written!

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Brian Mayo 04 February 2016

Enough already! I want the lurid DETAILS! LOL This poem is a delicious brew, carefully stirred, smelling of sulphur and sin, and I could see my own judgmental eyes staring back at me, reflected in its black, oily surface.

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Valsa George 07 February 2016

Simply marvellous! What an ingeniously prepared concoction of poison, much more intoxicating than any wine served in a goblet. Yes, people exult in gossip. Spreading scandal is a cruel pastime for many. They never care how it will damage the reputation and morale of a helpless victim. The use of words is excellent! A 10+++++

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Unwritten Soul 07 February 2016

WOW how accurate the title and the poem you wrote...and even you tell precisely about the ingredients of a goblet gossip :) :) well done

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Jak Black 24 February 2016

This is a wonderful piece of writing, Simone. As I was reading this I could picture the three witches chanting around their cauldron, in Shakespeare's Macbeth.... Double, double, toil and trouble. Fair is foul and foul is fair.....Shakespeare.

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Akhtar Jawad 10 April 2018

A beautiful poem, enjoyed its style.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 31 March 2018

A treacherous toast amazes mind to linger longer after laughter. Views of gossiping are amazingly presented in this poem. This is cleverly penned...10

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Michael Walker 05 March 2018

A brilliant expose of a failing of people with too much time on their hands-gossip, usually critical of the absent person. We have all gossiped at times, but a discerning person cuts down on gossip. Your poem shines a light into a dark place of human nature.

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Susan Williams 11 August 2017

I have never ever read such a well-written poem targeted on one very common vice - - you totally exposed the ugliness of this vice. The body parts and functions were perfectly used to dishonor the foulness of gossip.Yes, Satan the Snake slithers into the creation and distribution of this destructive and damaging and damnably cowardly way of attacking people. 10++++++++++++++++ as usual

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Bri Edwards 13 December 2016

favorite lines: So let's babble in the bowel, so delightfully foul A fabrication to invent and ferment - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LEECH or LEACH? [THANKS, Google] Bri can't decide! too confusing for me! ! see below: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - leach leCH/ verb verb: leach; 3rd person present: leaches; past tense: leached; past participle: leached; gerund or present participle: leaching (with reference to a soluble chemical or mineral) drain away from soil, ash, or similar material by the action of percolating liquid, especially rainwater. the nutrient is quickly leached away synonyms: drain, filter, percolate, seep, filtrate, strain the chemicals leach into our drinking water subject (soil, ash, etc.) to a leaching process. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - leech1 leCH/ noun noun: leech; plural noun: leeches 1. an aquatic or terrestrial annelid worm with suckers at both ends. Many species are bloodsucking parasites, especially of vertebrates, and others are predators. 2. a person who extorts profit from or sponges on others. they are leeches feeding off the hardworking majority synonyms: parasite, bloodsucker; More informal scrounger, sponger, bottom feeder, freeloader the welfare system is supposed to help the needy, not feed the leeches verb verb: leech; 3rd person present: leeches; past tense: leeched; past participle: leeched; gerund or present participle: leeching 1. habitually exploit or rely on. he's leeching off the kindness of others Origin ====================================== more favorite lines: With a little swizzle stick to stir in a smack of spitefulness...........love the Sssssss! and MORE delicious letter repetitions! ! ! and my favorite stanza: Oh the anticipation, the expectation, the elation As I spill slowly each slanderous drop And drip derision with precision In your outstretched cup of gossip Quivering in your hands OUTSTANDING! may i never get on your wrong side! bri :) to MyPoemList. any interest in sharing in one of my three-part, monthly showcases? ? i also enjoyed reading some comments from some of my favorite poet friends, especially this from Loke Kok Yee: I could feel the evil dripping out from the mouth bri :) :)

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