Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a gossip poem.

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For today’s prompt, write a gossip poem. Your poem can be about people who gossip, the concept of gossip, and/or even be a piece of gossip itself. The thing about gossip is that they’re rumors that may or may not be true, but they’re told as truth (and usually with negative connotations, though not always). I’m sure nobody who poems here partakes in idle gossip, but we can idly poem about people who do.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Here’s my attempt at a Gossip Poem:

“since the stay-at-home policy,” by Robert Lee Brewer

we don’t talk anymore
beside the water cooler
or the dormant fax machine

we don’t discuss the big
topics of who is with who
or who said what about what

we don’t ramble about
the news of the day and night
or who’s doing wrong or right

we don’t gasp or whisper
while making sure no one’s near
enough to somehow mishear

we don’t ever gossip
but I miss our random acts
of sharing possible facts

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