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Opinion and the Grapevine

An Opinion blindly thinks, but
Boldly speaks out loud
Judgment of...Perspective on...
Doesn't matter to the crowd
As quick as it leaves the lips, it's retold with words anew
Snowballs fast, has bigger plans 
For Opinion's point of view
Big Ears-Big Mouths pass it on 
Reporting it; "As the truth!"
A small fish becoming a whale of a tale...
Without a single shred of proof

Hearsay tweaks the tale a bit; "Needs more drama" 
"I can tell"
(Not a lie, just embellishment...The better buzz will sell)
A Little Birdie told me, in my ear
Flap flap-flapping...Peep 
Chattering; "Listen to this" to a; 
"That's what I heard!"  Sheep
Following the flock, Baaabbling on
Nosy Parker Yakkety-yaks
Gossip climbs on the bandwagon, poisoning truth with little-known facts
Together they spread the Rumor
Through the grapevine, fruit gets ripe
Gossips peck 'til there's nothing left 
Of 'Opinions Grapevine' flight                                                           
But soon, another Opinion speaks up..
Through the maze, to the Grapevine News
Headline reads;
"Loose Lips Sinks Ship." 
Aboard Gossip's Scuttlebutt Cruise!

Copyright © Okanagan Bell | Year Posted 2018


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  1. Date: 6/25/2018 7:37:00 AM

    I loved reading your poem over a cup of hot coffee this morning. Your write is interesting and it was a joy to read!
  1. Date: 6/24/2018 3:54:00 PM

    Very cleverly written Okanagan, the rhythm of it just tripped off the tongue.and so true to life.I really enjoyed reading it.Thank you.