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Introduction; To A Break Down

School children dressed as the 3 wise men in a nativity play

A school nativity play. Photograph: Marcin Bajer via Flickr. Used under (CC BY-NC 2.0)

An unusual thing for me…. I’m starting to have kittens. Where is that nerveless self when needed. Consequently, my stammer is re-appearing.

Consequently, I think back to when all this was supposed to have started. The school nativity play.

Play up to expectations is a piece of advice someone once gave me. I sometimes speak a very short version of this when starting a gig

Introduction; To A Break Down

Last time I played a room
This dark lit
I had a breakdown
It started my successful career
As a stammerer

I find it useful to let the poets crowd know. I’m not sure what it does when I do it. Does it raise interest? Does it get the sympathy vote on side? I’m not sure if I should do it but then if it’s useful why not? Reveal your coping mechanisms here.

27th December 2018

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Breathe deep in and out of nose. Drink water. Keep hydrated. Recite a good mantra to yourself.