From a hodgepodge of challenging works
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Which my curious mindís digested
Iíve gathered up handfuls of difficult words
My more timid tongue has tested
Learning phrases, mutely, from a page
Iíve often mispronounced them
Misjudging, phonetically, their foreign shape
As often as Iíve trounced them
So, progressively, Iíve grown familiar
With a certain wry, correcting look
Though a friend of mine is kinder
She simply says Iím speaking book.
"All the darkness in the world
cannot put out the light
of one candle"