POEM: No Body's Friend
My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing, I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted, the more I am believed.
I flourish at every level of society.
My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.
To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody's friend!
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.
I topple governments and kill friends. I even wreck marriages.
I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.
I spawn suspicion and generate grief.
I make innocent people cry on their pillows.
Even my name hisses. I am called gossip, party gossip, telephone gossip, and don't forget, Church gossssip.
I make headlines and headaches.
Before you repeat a story, ask yourself, is it necessary? If not, SHUT UP!