Posted by: David Harley | May 5, 2013

Rumour

it began
a mere insinuation
sired by Grudge
out of Thoughtlessness

callous, careless mischief
settled the rest

flashflood fleet
it rose from its native sewer
licking at feet
persistent
persuasive
pervasive
it seeped into hallways
swelled into the street

mud mired the landscape
the media mocked
cartoonists flourished
reputations rocked
and crumbled

“There’s no smoke without fire,”
we said
as insinuation
turned to incineration

perhaps
but sometimes fire merely cremates
what smoke has already murdered

First published in Vertical Images 3, 1988. Copyright David Harley.

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