Note: This verse was prompted by Donna Vickroy's article in Sunday's SouthtownStar, "Speaking with confidence".
How painful must it be to stutter
Whenever called upon to utter!
Most people do outgrow it, true,
But millions often never do.
For some speech therapy will work.
But not for all who have this quirk.
For these there is one consolation:
The famous too had this vexation.
Like Winston Churchill, heroic Briton.
And Marilyn Monroe, the blond sex kitten.
Darth Vader actor, James Earl Jones,
Who modulates in pear-shaped tones.
So suffer not. Be stutter-free.
They found a cure---tenacity.