they look at her in the halls

she just looks down and walks

(faster than everyone else to escape their gaze)

"slut"

and her heart stops.

the word seems to echo

slut, slut, slut, slut, slut, slut, slut

and the world stops

(or maybe your world just stops)

you can't even finish a thought

your gaze jumps from person to person

until it fades into one person

one giant monster

"slut?" you breathe

your hand grazes over your lips

and you don't know what to say

how to act

because that is the one word

that you didn't think you could ever ever ever

be.

your gaze drops

to your torn in tennis shoes

and dirty jeans

or dirty genes?

maybe it was someone else

your (never been kissed) lips part

"slut?"

and you don't know

what you are.

slut.

what does that fucking mean?