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)



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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