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Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even its name hisses"
Posted by: Pertmm (---.tampabay.res.rr.com)
Date: July 12, 2005 12:04PM

When I was in college, there was a series of poems published (I think from the Wall Street Journal, but I'm not positive). There was one poem about gossip that I would love to find again.

Lines I recall:
"It ruins marriages, destroys reputations
It dispels innocent people to cry into their pillows at night.
Even its name hisses. It's called gossip.

So the next time you hear something, ask yourself: is it true? is it fair? is it worth it? If not, shut up."

I'd appreciate any help. Thanks!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/17/2005 04:22PM by StephenFryer.


Re: Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even it's name hisses"
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: July 12, 2005 03:17PM

WHO AM I?

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.
I flourish at every level of society.
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 ruin marriages.
I end ministries set up by God.
I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.
I spawn suspicion and generate grief.
I make headlines, headaches and heartaches
I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
Even my name hisses.

---Author unknown


Re: Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even it's name hisses"
Posted by: pertmm (---.tampabay.res.rr.com)
Date: July 13, 2005 11:41AM

Thanks for the start- it's close to the one I remember, and if the author is unknown, I guess that explains the creative differences.

The copy that I remember was published with an illustration of a snake, and was part of a series of messages... I thought that the publisher was wall street journal, and that the targeted audience was college kids. If anyone else remembers this series, I'd like to get a copy of them for my kids......

Thanks again!


Re: Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even it's name hisses"
Posted by: lg (Moderator)
Date: July 13, 2005 12:04PM

Pert, if you're sure it was from a particular publication, go to your public library and ask your librarian to help you. They can generally research by topic in the Reader's guide to periodical literature.

Les


Re: Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even its name hisses"
Posted by: J.Jaramillo (---.fielding.edu)
Date: July 25, 2005 01:22PM

This must be it - it was on our fridge for years and I'll never forget it!

The Snake That Poisons Everybody

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


Re: Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even its name hisses"
Posted by: pertmm (---.tampabay.res.rr.com)
Date: July 28, 2005 08:37PM

THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME!!!! I plan to print it out, and it'll be on my fridge tonight.

The second million dollar question- does anyone know where it came from? I'm pretty sure it was part of a compilation. It would be nice to know, but at this poing, I'm SO thrilled to have found it!

Pert


Re: Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even its name hisses"
Posted by: ilza (192.168.128.---)
Date: August 15, 2005 04:04PM


the first reference I have is from "Dear Ann Landers" 1985
The Gettysburg Times
Thursday, August 22, 1985 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Re: Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even its name hisses"
Posted by: cjernigan (74.128.147.---)
Date: September 06, 2007 11:00AM

This is the version that I've had since about 1989. I forget where I copied it from, but the author is unknown. I hope this helps.

Nobodyís Friend!

My name is Gossip
I have no respect for Justice.
I maim without feeling
I break hearts and ruin lives.

I am cunning and malicious
And gather strength with my 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 nobodyís friend.

Once I tarnish a reputation,
things are never the same.
I topple governments,
and wreck marriages..
I ruin careers
and cause sleepless nights, heartaches, and indigestion.
Iím make innocent people cry on their pillows.

My sound hisses,
they call me Gossip.
I make headlines
and headaches.

Before you repeat a story,
Maybe you should ask yourself:

Is this true? Is this harmless? Is it necessary?
or is it just ďnobodyís friendĒ, gossip.

If itís not yours to tell, please donít.


Re: Gossip Poem from 1980s...... "even its name hisses"
Posted by: les712 (68.116.91.---)
Date: September 07, 2007 12:43AM

Here's another version, there are dozens on the web:

Gossip
---Anonymous

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 aand gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted, the more I am believed.
I flourish at every level of society.
My victims are helpless.

They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name
and no face.
To track me down is impossible for you.
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, heartache and indigestion.

I spawn suspicion and generate grief.
I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
Even my name hisses. I am called Gossip.
Office gossip. Shop gossip. Party gossip. Telephone gossip.

I make headlines and headaches.
Before you repeat a story ask yourself, is it true?
Is it fair? Is it necessary? If not -- KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!
If you spend as much time praying as you do talking about others behind their backs,
You would be further ahead spiritually.




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