untitled by Lauren DePhillips

A single uttered word from my mouth
      Sets off the howls and moans
      In ironic testimony
As I continue on my route
A single spoken syllable of sound
      Shatters the haughty silence
      Of contemptuous glares
Unleashing two she-hounds

A geyser of laughter that won't subside
      Dislodged from my gut
      By a frenzied flash of indifference
Follows me in my casual stride