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The sesquipedalian syntax

With which I sometimes speak

Carries cultural connotations

Of the linguistic elite

But more often brings suspicion

That my sophistication is pretension

Of ostentatious loquaciousness

You may find my vast vocabulary

Verges on the vexatious

But please do not believe I perceive you as a plebeian

I intend no implications to the effect that you are ignorant

Much less my intellectual inferior

Extravagant eloquence is simply my defence

For in brevity I am left bereft

And afraid to say anything at all

For you see,

I’m, um,

not really

that good, well

a-at talking to people...
Another self-portrait in poetry.
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