Treasure Island

Patricia Grantham

(May 27,1952 / Moncks Corner, South Carolina)

Spreading the Fire


Spreading of secrets all around town
Will not build up can only tear down
Striking of words with such heavy blows
When someone gets hit everybody knows

Destroys everything that lies in its wakes
The costs are high whatever the stakes
Those who practice it always seem to win
Whatever the reason gossip is still a sin

Can be very deadly no good it ever is
No respecter of gender not a hers nor a his
Stay far away and keep it out of your lives
With no fuel in the fire gossip never thrives

Submitted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 19, 2013

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  • Amitava Sur (6/23/2014 2:19:00 PM)

    It's a lovely poem with a very valid and valued message to stay away from spreading useless gossips to mislead people. Thank you Patricia. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/13/2013 10:29:00 AM)

    Stay far away and keep it out of your lives
    With no fuel in the fire gossip never thrives
    Complete poem is well composed full of guidance as virtue and vice are depicted thank for such a lovely poem congrates 10 (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (8/12/2013 11:27:00 AM)

    When one talks nineteen to a dozen they know not how they harm others. This is a beautiful poem which gives the dig! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (7/18/2013 9:40:00 PM)

    Such a nice reminder, i hate to get caught by this fire, everybody too....so we should shower them with water..our sober mind! great rhythm! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/15/2013 11:20:00 PM)

    There are gossip mongers at all times everywhere! They never know how their pastime harms and even kills others. So keep away from all gossip and those who who spread rumours and scandals! A very good advice! ! (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (7/15/2013 11:22:00 AM)

    Always good advice. It never is good to gossip. Anyway, have you heard about.........: -; -) (Report) Reply

  • Nader Baheri (7/12/2013 4:49:00 AM)

    the gossip is really like a fire that may disparage some one who doesnt deserve.
    wonderful subjet to write about.i hadnt read even a poem with this subject.
    ~nb (Report) Reply

  • Dilantha Gunawardana (6/19/2013 7:33:00 AM)

    ha ha, bold to call gossip a sin............but true, it's a matter of 'thou shall not bear false witness'............nice poem with a message that carves in to the soul! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (6/18/2013 1:00:00 PM)

    Gossiping is indeed to be avoided, either as a perpetrator or listener. Well said, very good write. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (6/14/2013 10:19:00 AM)

    So relevant Patricia.Really, we should not pay heed to rumor.You are right- - - With no fuel added to the fire gossip never thrives. (Report) Reply

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