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Below is the poem entitled SHARE AND TELL which was written by poet Judy Ball. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Tell no man all that you may know.
Don't show him all your treasure;
Else you will wish you'd held your tongue,
Repenting at your leasure,

All that you have said to him,
And all that you have shown,
Regretting oft in great distress,
The seeds that you have sown;

For what you say to one man, Friend,
Is retold to another,
And blesssings best kept to yourself,
Will be lost to your brothers;

For oft times Man will envy Man,
And brother envy brother,
It's often best to hold your peace,
Than later to discover,

All that you have said to him,
And all that you did show,
Has been aspersed to everyone,
To everyone you know.

Don't be too friendly.
Don't be too open.
Don't talk too much.
It's better to be a good listener than a speaker.

Copyright © Judy Ball

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  1. Date: 1/27/2012 6:14:00 AM
    Amen. It is best to be the listener. Too many want to be the grandstander and tell all... Have a great day. Janet

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    Date: 1/27/2012 7:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much Janet. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB .