Assertive statements

Ben Franklin knew the risk of assertive statements

Dogmatic assertions come back to bite

What we think today will need revisions tomorrow

And we can’t un-ring the bell


Retractions that we make tomorrow

Are null and void as we try

To remove our foot from our mouth

If God be willing and the creek don’t rise


Too many innuendos and personal beliefs

Color what we think at this moment

And still other ones lurk in the shadows

To make us regret what we said today


Better that we temper our statements

With soft words that do a better job

Of expressing what we want to say

And hope the listener’s ear is not assaulted


Lest it be closed

When the bell rings

And is not heard


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