Now everybody knows there is a word you cannot say.
It is much worse than other words that fill us with dismay.
Greater by far than Kike, or Wop, or Dot-Head, or Ofay.
Grave consequences loom for those who put this word in play.
Exactly why it should be so no one can quite convey.
Resulting in a secret urge to say it every day.
Certainly I could have used any number of photographs to illustrate this poem, and to be sure, I looked at several of them. But upon reflection, I did not find one that seemed worthy to be saddled with such a moniker for any length of time.There are those who deserve it to be sure, at one time or another, but none, I think, who deserve it as a lasting title. What terrible names we make up to call those whom we hate or fear, for those whose very lives we seek. How quickly we forget that they have been created in the image of God, and deserve to be loved and treated with respect, if only for that reason. Still, it seems to me that we have such words because in some situations they certainly seem appropriate.