It Begins With A Rumor

It begins with a rumor,
a cluster of individuals huddled together;
a little taste of something delicious,
and how one embellishes to make it better.
Give it a turn or two, it possesses the power
to compromise the truth—
as though flow of water
which weakens the pillars supporting a roof.

Feed it the nectar of luscious lips,
watch
as conversation resumes in corners—
thick as blood,
it can easily spread
through a settled community;
forming
a sort of contagion effect.

A rumor full of fire slowly goes away
and all that’s left
are ashes—
I wonder how the cream-white moon grinding its teeth
feels knowing the unfortunate believe
without
sparing
a second thought— a rumor is unfounded;
can we hope to listen and rise above it?

 

 

 

Photo credits: Artwork by Stephan Parylak

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56 thoughts on “It Begins With A Rumor

  1. Oh, what an excellent choice of the kind of contagion to address, and how excellently described.

    I love ‘the cream-white moon grinding it teeth’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  2. A more salubrious kind of contagion, Sanaa! I love the image of ‘the cream-white moon grinding its teeth’. Oh, those rumours!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  3. Old Egg says:

    I loved this Sanaa. Sadly people are not always happy to accept the truth and so believe in nonsense rather than be disappointed. Humans are a very poor example of wild animals who tend to seek the wisest way rather than the most comfortable one, like us! The moon meanwhile has to observe our stupidity

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Robin 💄❤️

  4. Rommy says:

    This is one of the reasons I feel like quitting social media sometimes. People posting memes as if they were facts and all it takes is a quick google search to debunk it. I’ve seen it from all over the political spectrum, and it disgusts me every time. I’m right there grinding my teeth along with the moon.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  5. I try to believe everything – EVERYTHING – I see online. Are you saying that might be a mistake?

    1. Sanaa says:

      It happens to the best of us 💄❤️

  6. Perfect choice for your first line. It reads almost innocent. But the ominousness of the tone starts prickling the skin, reminding us that said innocence is just a trap when it comes to rumor. If we open our mouths, it feeds on our souls, and then it spreads.

    May we listen… and rise above it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magaly 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt) 🌹

  7. gillena says:

    Gossip, rumour, and today fake news in whatever form or term this monster remains a monster
    Poignant write Sanaa

    Much❤love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

      Much love …

  8. On point, Sanaa. A rumor certainly fits the prompt for a contagion.
    “the unfortunate believe
    without
    sparing a second thought”
    The unfortunate that believe such things spread it to the unfortunate victims as well.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Joel 🙂 so good to see you 💄❤️

  9. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    This is one of the worst contagions I can think of… and how it grows from fluff into something barb-wired and vicious… humans can do each other so much harm

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn 🙂 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  10. This reminded me of the tenor in the U.S. and the example of hate and discontent that seems to be sweeping the country.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly 🙂 so glad the poem spoke to you 💄❤️

  11. Remember how cruel other children were during our school days? Then for a time, post-college, we do mature, we do “rise above it”; the comes retirement, with its conclave of whispering groups, and we seem to regress emotionally.

    1. Sanaa says:

      I guess I was thinking about those days and remembering the cruelty subconsciously while writing this poem. Thank you so much, Glenn 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  12. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like your description of a rumor as a contagion that we may not be able to rise above.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Frank 🙂 so good to see you 💄❤️

  13. scott hastie says:

    Very well sculpted piece, as ever Sanna – it is truly the essence pf the process and how it flows you capture so skilfully here…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Scott 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  14. Rall says:

    Yes, rumours and sculduggery are an ugly part of life.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Rall 💄❤️

  15. Jade Li says:

    Seedy are the seeds of gossip, that always seem to find a fertile ground to sprout and grow 🙁

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jade 🙂 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  16. Grace says:

    A rumor unfounded can be devastating. I love this part:

    A rumor full of fire slowly goes away
    and all that’s left are ashes—

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Grace 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  17. L. Stevens says:

    Love this, and it’s very timely as well!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, L. Stevens 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  18. Teresa says:

    Rumors are a perfect topic for a contagion.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Teresa 💄❤️

  19. So very, and sadly, true. And beautifully described.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anthony 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  20. Vandana Sharma says:

    As always enticing!!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vandana 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

  21. Raivenne says:

    “It begins with a rumor” I adore that opening line, Sanaa. Its ominousness pulls you right in and you follow through with it beautifully.

    “A rumor full of fire slowly goes away
    and all that’s left are ashes—” <– loved that!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Raivenne 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  22. Anna :o] says:

    Spot on Sanaa.
    Rumour – a terrible dangerous contagion.
    Anna :o]

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anna 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  23. Rumors can truly be devastating leaving as you say only ashes in the end. Gossip is like putting a little red pepper on a sandwich of rhumors thinking it makes it taste so much better! Well Done!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Absolutely! 💄❤️ Thank you so much, Dwight 🙂 so glad you liked it!💄❤️

  24. Unfortunately, rumors can spread so quickly and create disastrous outcomes for many people. A great topic.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Alicia 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

  25. Loré Dombaj says:

    So many tragedies started with just a bit of rumor. Your opening line is brilliant.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lore 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  26. Jim Feeney says:

    “misinformation followed us like a plague” ..Paul Simon
    This is an excellent poem, Sanaa, captures the feverishness and velocity of a viral rumour!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  27. Julian Leino says:

    I’d say the most damaging contagion in circulation, what you address here in your great poem.. Hope we can rise above it, just that it mutates and attacks our emotions and leaves people confused as news are rumours. Seemingly opposite sides, the same contagion. Bravo!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Julian 🙂 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  28. Gossip and rumors have always been part of human society, but social media has made it worse–or at least allow rumors to spread more rapidly. I like the way your poem makes the analogy with contagion–the conversation “thick as blood.” Like others I also like that moon! 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Merril 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

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