The Snake That Poisons Everybody

It topples governments,
wrecks marriages,
ruins careers,
busts reputations,
causes heartaches,
spawns suspicion,
generates grief,
dispatches innocent people to cry in their pillows,
Even its name hisses.
Its called gossip.
Office gossip.
Shop gossip.
Party gossip.
It makes headlines and headaches
Before you repeat a story, ask yourself:
Is it true?
Is it fair?
Is it necessary?
If not shut up.