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Jungle Drums

          Jungle Drums

Well known was Molly by gossips
Words fell so easy from her lips
They always found ready ears
Revered was she amongst her peers

A casual meeting Molly made
Good conversation she displayed
Invited then to mothers meeting
Where received a rapturous greeting

For all the ladies gathered there
Knew Molly had a tale to share
About the folk at forty eight
Procured across a garden gate

Passed along tongue to tongue
It must be right, it can’t be wrong
Second hand, thrice removed
Each time the details are improved

Behind her curtains, Mrs Rose
Who sees all that comes and goes
From her shadowy oasis
Offers Molly on the basis
What she tells her will be treated
With respect and not repeated

Knowing only far to well
Molly cannot wait to tell
Everyone she knows
All she’s gleaned from Mrs Rose 

And Peg the paper shop assistant
Said “It’s true”, she was insistent
She had heard the news confirmed
By Mrs Smith, who had learned
About the tale and of course
From a most reliable source

It’s not hard to understand
How she holds them in her hand
Like ducklings on a pond to feed
Molly delivers to their greed

Her listeners are now captivated
By her words uncomplicated
Said with such simplicity
Masked by dark duplicity
Who would believe, ill intent
From a face, so innocent

Having spilled out all her news
Others offered up their  views
Ever wilder each new claim
Fending, proving, placing blame
Then Ginger Adams put her spoke in
“ I had heard, “She’s done her bloke in”

With a glare from Molly’s eye
Ginger just wanted to die
For she had not learnt quite yet
Where the sights they should be set
Which appears to be somewhere
Between uncaring and unfair
With no way to recognize
Which be truth and which be lies.


Please forgive the implication that this behaviour is
exclusive to the fairer sex, it is simply for the purposes 
of this write. I have known men that easily equal any 
woman in this sphere of life, and be just as catty, hahahha 




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  1. Date: 8/12/2013 10:20:00 PM
    Enjoyed rereading this one. Did I ever tell you about the time...............Have a good night Richard.

  1. Date: 7/3/2013 12:56:00 AM
    This is quite a nice read/ story ;} love it. thank you for liking my pitch perfect dreams ;} it was just the end of my 17yr relationship . There's a few others about him on here

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 7/3/2013 2:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the comment Debbie, I'll be sure to read more of your work. 17 years is a long time and then to break up.
  1. Date: 6/13/2013 6:07:00 PM
    Most entertaining Rick, I have to admit I get a kick out of an occasional bit of gossip. On the other hand I'm not one to continue the message onward.

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 6/13/2013 6:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Nor me Rick, what I hear stays with me.
  1. Date: 6/7/2013 6:34:00 PM
    Hello Richard, i happen to know a Molly just like this... gossip, is a women's best quality. LOL, and I have a brother who join this sphere once he got married.. :-)....Linda

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 6/13/2013 6:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    At least you know what's going on and if you need to tell anyone something you have your telegraph service :)
  1. Date: 6/4/2013 6:07:00 PM
    Richard hi the structure is superb well written Shadow

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 6/13/2013 6:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Linda, will drop by and see you soon
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 10:28:00 AM
    I hadn't noticed it was female oriented at all...the writing is brilliant and that transcends all gender ... great creativity as usual :)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 6/2/2013 5:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am very pleased you see through the gender issue Karen, it certainly was a write to include all that participate in this activity beyond reason, thank you
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 7:42:00 PM
    Hahaha, you wordsmythe, you!!! Fantastic job, Richard. You've got to love a good chinwag, but you didn't hear that from me. Very, very good write, Richard. A double 7 to you, my friend. By the by, 'tis a fave. Licia :-)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 6/2/2013 5:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Where would we be without converation? In a lot less trouble I expect lol. Thank you for the lovely comment
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 7:36:00 PM
    First off, lol @ your comment. I'm humbled - nay, dammit, I'm chuffed. lol. Licia :-)

    hendricks Avatar delysia hendricks
    Date: 6/3/2013 5:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You need cuffs to read my poems, Richard? Geez, no more smutties from me. I guess that's the end of my writing then. I'm none too clean in the head. Have a great week ahead of you, my friend. :-)
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 6/2/2013 5:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Nay Licia, Is I that is humbled and cuffed to read your wonderful poems, Thank you
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 3:28:00 PM
    A very unique poem here. Tis so true that often the most innocent seeming person is the one spreading the most malicious gossip. what an interesting title too!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 5/31/2013 6:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    see below on title
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 5/31/2013 6:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Not sure if it is a poem as such Petal, I'll take your comment as a compliment nevertheless, yes it is odd how when something gets back to you it turns out to be the one you least suspect ha ha
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 11:43:00 AM
    This is so good Richard and you know it is so true of some people xx

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 5/31/2013 5:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes Mandy, certainly of some people, just can't help themselves
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 10:31:00 AM
    There's a lesson to be learned from all this "he-said-she-said" business. People that thrive off this stuff need to get their own lives (just saying). You have a funny yet fitting title... making it seem more dramatic than it is. I can't be bothered to spread so much gossip... if I was in this circle of friends I don't know if I hold back the laughter! Wonderful poem, Rick!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 5/31/2013 5:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes Tim at lesson, it's something we should not be drawn into, sadly lots are without knowing the truth and they form inaccurate conclusions, yes too, it can be funny to watch. You can thank my mother for the title, it's what she used to call it
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 9:11:00 AM
    Why Mr Seal...what was this inspiration behind this fine piece of literary work? True true. Did a sermon on Gossip once called, God's Apple Pie! Yea...strange title, but the illustration was good! Don't know if we can make any apple pie out of this sorry bit of gossip passed around in this fine poem of yours! Glad you've posted something...FINALLY! ;)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 5/31/2013 5:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Why Mrs Ghali, we are being formal lol I know it's true, it's only natural but some take to truly spectacular limits and live for it. hmmmm @ finally, I'm a working man you know, well sometimes