Irritated with your friend
and caring not whom you offend,
after you’ve had a bit to drink,
decide to tell her what you think?
Computer keyboard there in sight,
so you decide it’s time to write
an email, filled with words that rend.
You reel them off and click on “send.”
I cannot stress strongly enough
how much you’ll rue your rude rebuff.
It takes long years to make a friend
but one cruel quip for trust to end.
It’s hard to choke back how we feel,
but arguments on even keel
work better than a sharp retort
after you have had a snort.
So this is the advice I’d give.
It’s easier to just forgive
Than to retract one angry word
after it is seen or heard.
If you can’t say something nice,
best you take this sage advice.
Before you go and leap on it,
grab a pillow and sleep on it.
For day 22 of NaPoWriMo 2020, we are to create a poem that reflects a well-known idiom. Mine is one my mother used to frequently say, “If you can’t say something nice, it’s best to say nothing at all.”