Some tongues are wagging tails

speaking behind the back of those,

whom heaven had ordained they

curb their mocking tales and ways.

Of course they’d never say it to your

face, but in those galleries where

sounds reverberate, whispers here

or there, are sometimes overheard


above sounds of prayer and decency.

Yet in the church refectory after

the psalms were piously mouthed,

uncouth remarks are sometimes 

mouthed. I don’t proclaim all Church

Ministers guilty of the gossiping sin,

just a few, who sitting in the pews not

far away from you, pipe up with snide


remarks as if it were a righteous thing

to get their kicks. Some elders of the

ministry are saints on earth, but not

the puffed up types, who sharpen claws

unaware that heaven’s door is shut

to those who wait until someone’s

back is turned then twist stiletto

blades, and thus appear superior.





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