same word in chickasaw for wolf and coyote

so, my brother nashoba calls me

ofi, the dog

spirit wrong

half wolf, half coyote.

says he would still call me dog

if i was all coyote, even

if mother nashoba made me full wolf

he said i would be wolf artificial.

a stray handful of fur from my neck

in his grip.
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