Prompt today from

which said, in part:

…So in honor of the confusing speech of this time, in honor of repetitive talking points, in honor of verbal nonsense, in honor of lies and not-quite truths, in honor of “straight-talk” (which seems neither straight nor talk — discuss) and especially in honor of 50-cent verbiages, I present to you your poetry mission: Write a poem that somehow hinges on the word echolalia. Perhaps it can be the title of your poem, or the literal center point, or maybe just the crux, or pivot. Whatever you do with it, let’s work together to put meaning back into our words — let’s take our language back through poetry!

This is the Wikipedia definition of echolalia: the repetition of vocalizations made by another person. Echolalia can be present in autism, Tourette syndrome, aphasia, Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, developmental disability, schizophrenia, Asperger syndrome and, occasionally, other forms of psychopathology. When done involuntarily, it is considered a tic. The word “echolalia” is derived from the Greek meaning “echo” or “to repeat” and “babbling, meaningless talk.”

you told me to cut it
with the serenades.

too many notes
you said.


the echolalia
does not stop
in the anxiety of silence

only moves down
another chakra
like a straw with many leaks.



Filed under poetry, read write poem

8 responses to “Echolalia

  1. Oohhh…I love this. I especially love the way your aurally connect the poem – echolalia/chakra – as well as conceptually. Nice, small, tight poem!

  2. Just the right number of notes!

  3. Nice and neatly written, screams echolalia to me!

  4. Inspiring and melancholic. I particularly like the last stanza.

  5. Beautiful. I love the way this hinges on “the anxiety of silence.” I enjoyed this very much.

  6. dear l.g.,

    have you signed up for nanowrimo yet? be sure to tell me when you do and what your username is, so we can be “writing buddies.” i’m “plicious.”

    awesome. aren’t you so excited you could puke?


  7. I had the honor of teaching a few students who had the syndrome, so the poem really speaks to me. 🙂 Love this stanza: “the echolalia
    does not stop
    in the anxiety of silence”

  8. Pingback: Echolalia and Impacts From Brain Injury | South Texas Head Injury Attorney

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