Swifter Than Fire

The way news emanates
at an alarming speed
leaves one awestruck.

Fire is slower than rumours
as it needs heavy wind
to flare and burn.

Gossip is spontaneous
words rush, make up stories
and dash in frenzy.

The source is dubious,
veracity is unsought,
attractive on the whole.

Travels far and wide
requires no documents
or tickets to take wings.

Rises high, penetrates
through the clouds
plunges in the middle.

Again like cinders
it glows for a while
dies a death.

In the middle
causes a spell
of disaster.

Invincible it appears ,
but turns vulnerable when.
you deal with adroitness,