4 Dec


I overheard a pair of men
Discussing yesterday
The lives of other people and
Both of them did betray

One man in particular
That both men didn’t like
I found it strange that both men chose
To wait ‘till then to strike

They didn’t say it to his face
But when his back was turned
They did it simply because they
Don’t want their thoughts returned

They didn’t have the courage to
Face the man right up front
They didn’t have the fortitude
To speak up and be blunt

Instead they waited for a time
When this victim was gone
To give their snide remarks and boast
How they had much more brawn

How this man thought highly of
Himself and his talent
Their criticisms all fell flat
Because they were not gallant

Any coward can speak up
When target’s not around
It doesn’t take much heart to run
The absent in the ground

A warrior is opposite
They look down on back talk
When the person is around
They don’t just stand and gawk

They walk right up to whoever
They have an issue with
They do not tuck their tail and run
And simply plead the fifth

They look the person in the eye
And tell them right up front
And if they’re not around, well then
A warrior will hunt

They’ll search and make the effort to
Have their words reach the ears
Of the focus of their gripes
Not their third-party peers

They never will speak poorly of
A person they did not
Already speak personally
With right there on the spot

And how is it that I can tell
The gossipers were quiet
When the subject was around
So not to cause a riot?

Simply because they did speak
With pettiness and hate
A lack of understanding when
You don’t initiate

A conversation with someone
Who may have different views
When you speak up, many times
The tension will defuse

When you make the effort to
Learn more about that guy
Or gal, you might just find you both
Will soon see eye to eye

And even if their ego won’t
Allow a peaceful chat
You still will learn that they aren’t worth
The gossiping combat

Either way, you’ll find yourself
Without the itch to speak
Poorly of another person
Making you seem weak



18 Responses to “Gossiping”

  1. Sunshine December 4, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    The power of gossip–it can murder a person’s good name.

    Thank you for the reminder and a way to change this awful behavior.

  2. iamforchange December 4, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    You are inspiration and positive change in action! Thank you for sharing and in such a meaningful and beautiful way!

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom December 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

      Thank you for reading, glad to hear it resonated with you.
      Peace & grace,

  3. Sunshine December 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on Simply Charming and commented:
    Sunday’s Feature Topic: Gossiping
    Thank you Warrior Post Wisdom

  4. Bongo December 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Great poem with an awesome lesson.

  5. Jackie L. Robinson December 5, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Loving the courage and integrity of the warrior. xo

  6. granbee December 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Oh, warrior, your poetry sword struck right into the heart of why my last night’s church women’s Christmas party was more loving, more supportive, more out-reaching, and more victorious than many in recent years. Yes, be strong in truth loving: that is such a great mantra for this season!

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom December 6, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      Gossiping at church? Impossible! 🙂 It’s always nice to hear that there are followers of Jesus Christ that realize an act like gossiping is a direct contradiction of all things Christ stood for. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  7. Antigone's Clamor December 6, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    Thank you for stopping by my page, Miro!

    This post was excellent! The contrast between the warrior and the gossipers made it especially powerful. So often, gossip isn’t taken seriously as an issue, but words are quite destructive.

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom December 6, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. As with many little destructive things we do, we think it doesn’t matter, but it does. Never does it not matter.
      Peace & grace,

  8. Nandini December 6, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Great thoughts in a great poem, Miro. I completely agree here. 🙂 🙂

  9. willofheart December 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I like this piece truly gossip done a serious damage to a person and I totally agree in here …

  10. Lyka Ricks January 18, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    Backstabbing, gossiping,greed and power games are a sign of an unhealthy organization.~Rhoberta Shaler obtained from Backstabbing Quotes

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