Monday, February 22, 2010

My Name is Gossip

My Name is Gossip
--Author Unknown
I have no respect for justice.
I aim 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 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, wreck marriages and ruin careers. . .
Cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion.
I spawn suspicion and generate grief.
I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
Even my name hisses.
I make headlines and headaches.

Before you repeat a story, ask yourself . . .
'Is it true?
Is it fair?
Is it necessary?'
Gossip and Rumours are born out of human inquisitiveness, creativity, the inability to communicate 'exactly' what was communicated to them without distortion and the ability and desire to communicate 'more' than what was communicated to them ... the 'more' reflecting the creativity used to make the 'story' more interesting and spicy by adding ficticious elements and twists-n-turns.
Beware !!
(BTW .. the 'poem' above was an email forward )

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