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There are two sides to every story,
And the whole thing is often not heard;
For people are wont most often,
To take sides and embellish the words.

They choose to support their favorites,
Causing one to bear all the blame;
Taking great sport in the sparring,
And scarring the other's good name.

No matter the cause of the rukus,
The emotional scars and the pain.
No matter the truth or the right and wrong,
They see it all as good game.

It brings to their lives some excitement,
A break in monotony.
Oft taking interest away from themselves,
And their own autonomy.

Don't take to heart the stories you hear,
Second hand information at best.
Don't listen to tales from wagging tongues,
Attempting to feather their nest.

Just keep to yourself whatever you know,
Adding no fuel to the fire,
And you will have friends wherever you go,
By simply not raising their ire.

Copyright © Judy Ball | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 1/21/2017 8:01:00 AM

    I agree! Excellent poem, Mrs Judy. I get angry just hearing disparaging remarks period, True or untrue. The main reason, if they'll talk bad about someone else, they'll probably talk bad about you, too.
  1. Date: 1/21/2017 6:34:00 AM

    so true
  1. Date: 1/21/2017 5:24:00 AM

    You are so right, Judy. A 7 and God bless.