i hear you call the word in the hall
and my head jerks up only to see
a friend hugged you from the back in the hall.
you cry wolf and i
was devoured by canine mandibles.
or the time we were playing Street Fighter
with friends and
you, in defeat, used the word
and asked me why i cringed.
i call the word for a court and
my claim is
we scream the word in that alley
and no one bats an eye.