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My Name is Gossip



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 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 wreck marriages.


I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights,


heartaches, and indigestion.


I make innocent people cry in their pillows.


even my name hisses.


I am called Gossip.


I make headlines and headaches.


Before you repeat a story, ask yourself:


Is it true? 


Is it harmless? 


Is it necessary?


If it isn't, don't repeat it.


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