I am simply me
Nothing more nothing less
Do I speak differently
The shaking you hear is not my choice
Scared that the next word I say will not come out
I stop and pause even before a clause
The pain I feel is deep and very very strong
My words come out slow and somewhat muttered
Yes my friends I seem to have a "studder"
However you pronounce it
I will take this one chance to boldly announce it
My eyes fill in their sockets
Because I have been waiting so long to release this shame from my pockets
The smiles and snickers that I see and hear were and are a part of my greatest fear
But it's ok now because I am simply me.
I stare to say words I dare not try to speak
In fear that you might judge me
"Dumb" and "stupid" is all I hear
My mind is driving me crazy from ear to ear
But now I have decided
There is no more doubt
I will scream and shout it out
I AM A STUTTERER AND I AM PROUD!