One of A Biting

A game of choice
the insinuation
and indignation
keep the pot boiling.

A momentous decision
turns a disaster,The entire
town puts out a wagging tongue
which keeps baiting.

The target is the one
who took the decision,
had to back out for untold

The man wallows in grief,
could not bear the spite
and contempt, wishes
to run away.

He is hurt. Remains dumb
for a time. Reaction
will invite more speculation,
he knows,

The talks die down.
He comes out of his silence,
Restrains from hitting back.
Normalcy returns.