The Office Gossip

"That is a fucking shame,"
said she, her words marred with disdain and glee.
"She has only herself to blame."

Ms. White was facing sentence for a sexual harassment claim,
and on this issue Ms. Gossip opined, as if by high decree.
"That is a fucking shame,"

I replied, with sentiment not quite the same,
but my emphasis was an unnoticed filigree.
"She has only herself to blame—

Seducing a married man, whether or not he came,
is obvious evidence of adultery.
That is a fucking shame,"

said she, a wink pronouncing her verbal game.
The verdict came in; to Ms. Gossip's disbelief, Ms. White was found not guilty.
She has only herself to blame—

She was fired at once for slandering Ms. White's good name.
The rest of us found that, on this, we could all agree:
That is a fucking shame...
She has only herself to blame.

TMK 30jul2009