Words Matter

She was sorry she ever lied,
for because of her,
the lie became a truth.

She was sorry she was ever truthful,
for because of her,
the truth had unintended consequences.

She was sorry she ever said anything,
and for saying nothing at all,
for bearing false witness of herself and others,
for not bearing true witness,
for placing the innocent with the guilty—
the latter a far greater error according
to the Ninth Commandment.