Gossip Town


Have you ever heard of Gossip Town

On the shores of falsehood Bay,

Where old Dame Rumor with rustling gown

Is going the livelong day?


It isn't far to Gossip Town,

For people who want to go.

The Idleness Train will take you down

In just an hour or so.


The Thoughtless Road is a popular route,

And most folks start that way,

But it's steep down grade;

If you don't watch out,

You'll land in Falsehood Bay.


You glide through the valley of Vicious Town

And into the tunnel of Hate;

Then crossing the Add-To Bridge, you walk

Right into the city gate.


The principal street is called, "They Say,"

"I've Heard" is the public well,

and the breezes that blow from Falsehood Bay

are laden with, "Don't You Tell."


In the midst of the town is Tell Tale Park.

You're never quite safe while there,

For its owner is Madame Suspicious Remark,

Who lives on the street, Don't Care.


Just back of the park is Slanders Row.

'Twas there that Good Name died

pierced by a dart from Jealousy's bow,

in the hands of Envious Pride.

From Gossip Town, peace long since fled,

But envy, and strife and woe

And sorrow and care, you find instead,

If ever you chance to go.

- Anon.