Public Speaking

I'm not a performer or an orator
I've told you this many times,
But you behave as if you lacked understanding
.

Everybody has different abilities
It's unreasonable to expect everybody to be the same
Some people are speakers, others aren't
.

I'm an author, not a conversationalist
I don't want to be in the spotlight
And I don't like many eyes staring at me
.

You make me feel guilty and uncomfortable
Don't give me any assignments or responsibilities,
For I'm not a dependable person as I once was
.

I can't read or recite dramatically
I'm always tense when I stand before an audience
Even if I'm addressing people I know well
.

The performers alone can’t make the show a success,
But you only praise the ones you see performing
You don't appreciate the work I do behind the scenes
.

I can't speak fluently due to a speech impediment,
So I have to avoid embarrassment
Public speaking is for people who can speak well
.

I don’t like to engage in oral discussions
When I have an opinion of someone or something,
My writing figuratively does the talking for me

This poem is about: 
Me

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