Careless words, once spoken, cannot be recaptured.
Careless words sow seeds of doubt and set to work on the mind,
Unobserved, influencing thoughts and actions in unimaginable ways.
How I wish you could take those words back,
Undo the damage you did,
My well-meaning friend who spoke before thinking.
But it’s too late.
What’s done is done.
What can I do but smile ruefully,
Watch as the consequences of those careless words
Flattening the bright blossoms and the unfurling buds,
Leaving everything in their muddy wake soiled, bruised?
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