Make Room For The Stuttering

Words

Posted on: July 9, 2013

This is the original piece that I shared at The Stuttering Monologues at the 2013 NSA conference. Several people asked me if they could have a copy. I decided to share it here.

Words

Dance silently in my head

Aligned with the stars

Pleasing to the ear

Playing to an audience

Of one or many

Words

Never much thought

Just flowing like the river

Then river meets ocean

And the words swirl around

and waves crash on shore

Words

Start crashing

No longer just silent dancing

They come alive

Now heard

Audience leans in,

Listens closely

For waves crashing on shore

Come to life

They are rhythmic and lilting,

ebb and flow

Like our words

No need for perfect cadence

The waters tell us so

They rock and roll

From our tongues and land

Right where they should

And our listeners listen and wait

For the next wave

For waves and words and sounds

Are uniquely unique

No two sounds the same

And they dance an imperfect dance

Of words, our words, all words

And in that imperfection we find perfect

Perfect word dancers

As we’ve always been.

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2 Responses to "Words"

If you woke up tomorrow with no stuttering, but occasionally you felt the urge to substitute a word here and there, wouldn’t that be a pretty good thing? I just don’t see substitution as a battle worth fighting all the time, unless you scramble your sentences totally when you do it. I once saw a transcript of President George H.W. Bush talking. There was hardly a single sentence that made any sense – he kept interrupting himself and going off on tangents. The transcript made him look like a total moron. The author of the article pointed out that it wasn’t fair to criticize him on a transcribed conversation – everyone does similar things when we talk. It’s just that most of us don’t have someone taking down our words and putting them on paper.

Transient dysfluency (temporary stuttering) is typically seen in 2- to 4-year-olds. They usually are very verbal and often advanced for their years. The dysfluency results from their talking abilities going faster than the language centers of their brain. It’s as if their brain can’t catch up to their motor mouth, so it slows things down by repeating sounds over and over (i.e. by stuttering).

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