The news was quickly passed around
To anyone willing to hear;
Embellished details blew about,
Lingering ashes burning ears.
Every time it was repeated
The account rekindled and grew
Into a full raging fire
Of circumstances misconstrued!
No one bothered to check the facts,
As reality was jumbled.
Each one was content to exclaim
While truth was weakened, and crumbled.
Friendships were broken and destroyed
Because all started taking sides;
Peace was shattered and discord reigned
When values became compromised.
Words, like fires, grow with fanning
Rapidly turning explosive;
They damage all good in their paths;
Lingering on, they’re erosive.
Fabrications, when repeated,
Fuel those discontented fires,
Raking the smoldering ashes
And turning us into liars.
Fires and words both can be good,
Heating us with warmth and good cheer;
But both must be controlled with care
To sooth our bodies and our ears.
Lord, help us ever to be watchful
Of reckless words we pass along,
Checking validity of facts,
Squelching rumors and stifling wrong!
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