25th February 2022
Taz DeVille shares two of her poems about what it can feel like to stammer.
Internally screaming at the chatterbox
by Taz Deville
I hate you
You have no idea why
Every time you talk
I just want to cry
You find it so easy to talk
The words keep tumbling out
You're clueless that your words
Make me want to shout
Be careful with the words you use
Or they mingle and overlap
Into a noise that blows my fuse
For I struggle with words
To get out a coherent sound
I choose what I say carefully
I don't bandy words around
So, I listen to as many sounds as I can
You find talking like child's play
Where I negotiate the minefield
To say what I need to say
So, listen to what I do say
Don't be pedantic when I speak up
Or I'll internalise everything
And just clam up
My words have pathos
Just as much as anyone
But when I talk it's hard work
It's not easy or much fun
And why should the world be denied my voice?
To hear what I have to say
I'm just as important as you
In my own special way.
Explaining my verbal disability
by Taz Deville
I'm verbally impaired
But what does that really mean?
When I talk, you don't hear
My speech is seen
For I grimace
Roll my eyes back into my head
So much to distract your senses
You can't hear what is being said.
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