Part 15: The Gossip

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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You served up all the juicy meat. I didn’t know how to stop you and I hated myself for wanting to ingest it, for the macabre desire to see the blood run.

At first you were temptation to my ear, a stumbling block I tried to avoid somehow. I changed the subject. I hinted. And still you gossiped on.

At last the truth came out. You talked about me, too! Now I was really incensed. But how stupid of me not to suspect. It was bad enough to carve on “them” but to “dice” me up was too much.

How could you? 
Hadn’t we been friends?

So I talked about your talking.
Gossiped about your gossip.
Reproduced your sin . . .

“I give up, Lord. Let her talk, but please help me shut up. You are listening.”

Copyright © 1985 Martha Kilpatrick, Letters Never Sent

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