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Gossip--The History of a Lie

First, someone told it,
Then the room could not hold it,
So busy tounges rolled it,
Till they got outside.
Then the crowd came across it,
They streched it and tossed it,
And never once lost it,
Till it grew long and wide.
This lie brought forth others,
Evil sisters and brothers
And fathers and mothers,
A terrible crew.
As headlong they hurried,
The people they flurried,
And troubled and worried,
As lies always do.
Ao, evil boded,
This monterous lie goaded,
Till at last it exploded
In sin and in shame.
But from mud and mire,
The pieces flew higher
And killed his good name.

Ann Landers