Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TONGUES, by DOROTHY ALDIS

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TONGUES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Be she big or be she little
Last Line: In a wise old cheek.
Subject(s): Gossip

Be she big or be she little,
Tongues will wag
(They're hung in the middle),
And her reputation's brittle.

Poor hung tongues!
It seems they must
Wag until
Herself is dust.

I know a tongue
The wiser for
Years and years
Of battledore

And shuttlecock,
Up and down
The peeking streets
Of a certain town.

And that tongue is
Slow to speak --
It stays hidden
In a wise old cheek.

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