The King and I

Like George V1, the king

subject to stuttering

I had a speech therapist too

who taught me how

to word switch

to philander with synonyms

I could slip into

how to pace myself

and summon the scribe

of stutterers before me

Lewis Carroll

Neville Shute

Updike

& dear old Aesop whose thoughts

often outran

the tired tortoise of his tongue.

11 thoughts on “The King and I

  1. I know it’s been said, but what a brilliant ending to an excellent poem.๐Ÿ†
    Oh, and you can add Hobbo to your list of people with a ‘tired tortoise of a tongue!’ That’s why I resist suggestions to upload some stuff to you tube.

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  2. I did’t know all of these amazing people overcame stutters, yourself included. My son just started getting speech. He has no “L” and a solid “d” for “th”. He does a lot more for his therapist than he does for me, so I’m glad he can get the extra help. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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