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Gossip – a sobering poem by Will Carleton 


Boys flying kites haul in their white-winged birds;
   You can call back your kites, but you can’t call back your words:
‘Careful with fire’ is good advice, we know,
   ‘Careful with words’ is ten times doubly so;
Thoughts unexpressed will often fall back dead,
   But God himself can’t stop them once they are said.

— Penned by Will Carleton, ‘The First Settlers’ Story’


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