Gossip — I am Nobody’s Friend

Snake tongueLashon hara is the Hebrew phrase for the “evil tongue” and it refers to gossip, slander and all sorts of malicious speech. It was a source of great concern to rabbis down through the centuries, including Jesus. Below is a poem about gossip that is very wise.

 

Nobody’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.

 

My victims are helpless.

They cannot protect themselves against me

because I have no name or 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 wreck marriages.

 

I ruin careers

and cause sleepless nights,

heartaches and indignation.

 

I make innocent people

cry in their pillows.

 

Even my name hisses.

I am called Gossip.

 

(author unknown)

 

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For more, see the article: Putting Out a Tongue of Fire

Also, see the chapter called “How to Have a Kosher Mouth” in Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus.

 

 

 

 

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