Baseless rumours fly like little bits of paper.
(The idea is not mine but I got it from a Whatsapp message that was floating everywhere. My making the lady as the one who spreads rumours was not intentional . Men also spread rumours)
There was an old morose lady in a town,
Her neighbor was modern but upright youngster,
Some thing was lost in some house in the street,
The old lady spread a rumour that the young man was a thief,
The young man was arrested by the police,
But could not find anything to prove that he was a thief,
And so they set him free and the young man ,
Filed a case against the old lady for having spread the rumour
The judge with all seriousness asked the old lady,
Why she spread the rumour without any basis,
The old lady strangely said , she only spoke some words,
And how can those words cause harm to any one.
The judge asked the old lady to write all that she told,
About the young man which came to several pages,
He then asked her to tear the pages in to small pieces,
And while going home throw the papers all over her way.
The judge then requested the old lady to come again the next day.
The old lady obeyed the judge and came back next day,
And the judge told her to recover all the pieces of paper ,
That she threw on the road and come back to him again,
The old lady said the task was impossible to do ,
As those pieces would have flown all over the world,
The judge then said , similar to those pieces of paper,
The so called harmless words of her about the young man,
Would have spread all over the world and cannot be collected back,
And so requested the old lady , not to do things that harm others,
By empty words which cannot be taken back, and wanted her,
To daily go to all street corners of the town for six months,
And tell , “I made allegations without basis,
That young man has not done any thing wrong,
And please spread what I tell to every one whom you meet.”