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This ‘thing’ that’s stuck upon my side
does not want to make me hide.
It’s a thing that makes me proud
enough for me to shout out loud.
Of all the things that I’ve had done,
this is the most outstanding one.
This rounded mound so cherry red
brought me back from the near-
With a positive attitude,
I can now show my gratitude.
For I think I would have died
without this thing that’s on my side.
There’s nothing I can do or say
to make this fact just go away.
I am so grateful to this thing
for the life that it did bring.
It was so hard to have belief
this rosebud could give me relief.
But now past suffering and pain
for me will not come back again.
How could a thing that looks so small
create for me an overhaul.
For now my colon’s rearranged,
everything in life has changed.
It did not come about by chance
that I now run and I can dance.
Where once I felt so pitiful
now my life is wonderful.
I could not count the cost to me
before I had my ostomy.
But now it’s done I’ll tell the world
how wondrously this thing’s unfurled.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
THIS ‘THING’ IS ON MY SIDE
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