One of the dumbest things...

One of the dumbest things you can do
is backbite an animal,
or a human being.

Reason is: Besides the fact
that an animal who is feeling grouchy that day
might bite you back...

Whenever you speak ill of any living creature
something of their shadow might fall on you.

Some unwanted impressions of theirs
could spill on your floor,
and I imagine you are busy enough --
trying to keep things tidy.

--Hafiz, from A Year with Hafiz


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