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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Gertrude the Gossiper
By Verna Cole Mitchell
11/02/10


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A gossiper named Gertrude was appalling;
Wherever rumors lurked, she would come calling.
At telling lies,
She took the prize.
To stretch a bit of truth, she found enthralling.

When she was near, a flame of gossip grew
To fiery tales of scandal quite untrue.
They’d burn with shame
The victim’s name
Before their blazing finally was through.

She’d sow a seed of gossip in the ground
Till it burst forth to scatter more around.
When ill winds blew,
Nobody knew
Wherever those bad seeds could then be found.

She’d spread a germ of gossip with a sneeze,
That once picked up and carried by a breeze,
Became a cold
Or virus bold,
Till one day, it would be full-blown disease.

She loved a tiny taste of gossip sweet,
But turn it bitter when the words she’d eat.
She’d spit it out
To spread about
A vile display of what she’d thought a treat.

A spot of gossip was her stock in trade,
And loyalty to friends she oft betrayed.
A broken heart
Would she impart
As those who’d trusted her became dismayed.

A gossiper named Gertrude was appalling;
Wherever rumors lurked, she would come calling.
At telling lies,
She took the prize.
To stretch a bit of truth, she found enthralling.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/06/10
Great job. I enjoy it when a poem paints a vivid picture for me like this piece did.
Cheryl Harrison 11/08/10
Good title. Good message. I liked your description of how the fruit of gossip transforms from a sneeze into a disease. So true. Good work!
Joan Campbell11/08/10
This does a fantastic job of showing just how ugly and destructive gossip is. I love the imagery of the germ turning into a disease. Great writing!
Sarah Elisabeth 11/08/10
So very good! Loved each clever line :-)
Gregory Kane11/08/10
Charming
Disarming
Sweet
Neat
Ever so slightly alarming
Beth LaBuff 11/08/10
You found a host of absolutely perfect metaphors to describe Gertrude's wagging tongue. Your clever delivery was so enjoyable. Fun with an excellent message!
Mona Purvis11/08/10
In a nutshell, you tell the story of someone familiar to all. Just great, as always.
Caitlyn Meissner11/09/10
I love limericks, and you chose some good rhyming words. Great job!
Rachel Phelps11/09/10
Such fun to read! Great work!