Da thing

Enunciate — The

The
thing I wanted to tell you
is dat

That

That
I used to sit
in the chair across
from my father

And dat

That

That
I couldn’t pronounce
th’s da way

The

The
way he wanted.

It isn’t dat

That

That
I have nothing to say.

It’s just dat

That

That
half da

The

The time,
I don’t think

you’re willing to wait.

2 thoughts on “Da thing

  1. Hi Tierney,

    As a once-shy stutterer, I can relate to this poem. I like the corrective nature in the poem (dat, that) and the power of the last line. There are not a lot of words here, and yet I felt the impact.

    I’ll be checking back for more!

    Cheers,
    Lee

    • Thank you! And my apologies for making you log in to comment — I did that in the interests of keeping the spam to a minimum. I’ve taken that setting off, so we’ll see how it goes.

      Because I know you’re a nature lover, did you know some birds stutter? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070611161903.htm

      I think we make too much of these things. When I studied linguistics (after writing this poem), I realized this “speech impediment” was actually a feature of the dialects I grew up around in New Orleans. One research paper is adorably named “Let’s tink about dat: Interdental fricatives in Cajun English.” 🙂

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