Really Awful Tale Piece


Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s portrait of Juno Watt and audience.

The Really Awful Fall of Juno Watt

Juno Watt is a bit of a clot,
Maligning people madly;
With her pretence that she knows what’s what,
Which she carries out quite badly.
Her gossip is said
With a nod of the head,
Intended to show wisdom:
Who with whom goes to bed,
Speaking ill of the dead,
And stacks of that and this-dom

Juno Watt: she comprises a blot
On countryside and seascapes,
She is always talking lots of rot
In that sort of whine that she makes;
‘I would never stoop to gossip, my dear,’
She will say with virtue glowing,
Whereupon she will sneer,
With an all-knowing leer,
A spate, with non-stop flowing.

Juno Watt, having lost the plot,
And of gossip running drier,
Fell to making stories up a lot,
With a sob, as the ‘town crier’;
Tripped and lost her voice, at which all rejoice;
After gossip column trying;
No one reads her new ploys;
They avoid them by choice —
They see she’s flatly lying.

© August 2018 Colonialist

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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10 Responses to Really Awful Tale Piece

  1. Poor Juno, you sure gave her a lashing


  2. Widdershins says:

    What a descent! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Calmgrove says:

    Oh, hats off to you, Leslie, definitely one to recite aloud — and one I wish I’d written! Yours enviously, Chris. 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  4. prior.. says:

    Brueghel’s art is nice and the prose – omg – I know a few women like this – or did – back in CO – and this story/poem had a happy ending – lost her voice – !


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