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A stigma is disgrace or shame

and socially unacceptable.

Sometimes it’s clear within a frame,

sometimes it’s imperceptible.


A stoma is the sort of thing

that draws the stigma out.

For some it is embarrassing,

nothing to be proud about.


Some people tend to stigmatise

and do not even know it.

Some know not how to empathise

and therefore cannot show it.


Some seem to have a prejudice,

so stoma’s not their taste.

Some suffer a paralysis

against the body’s waste.  


Stoma stigma’s just like this,

some people have it badly.

They won’t talk of poo or piss,

so avoid the subject madly.


They’ll freely talk of broken bones

and accidents they’ve had.

But when I talk about my Crohn’s,
they treat me like I’m mad.


Where talk of stomas is taboo,

the stigma’s there as well.

With ostomates this is not true

as you can surely tell.


Stigmas come in many forms,

they must be overcome.

Not everyone can cope with poos

that don’t come from their bum.


With time and effort from us all

we can stop the stigma rot.

When there’s no stigma to recall,

stoma stigma is stoma so-what!




















 


 



























   















































(10.08.2010)




Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.

12.06.2013







POEMS

STOMA STIGMA

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