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When people feel that something’s lost,

then they may often ‘count’ the cost.

This calculation is a tool  

to stop them feeling like a fool.


The process can be functional,

since it is instructional.

The searching of your heart and soul

can sometimes help you gain control.


Well, certain things felt lost to me,

when once had my ostomy,

and in my melancholic state,

my loss I’d start to calculate.


The first thing in this losing theme

was the loss of self esteem.

Within my search I would unearth

a loss of self respect and worth.


Now these were things that meant a lot,

without them life might go to pot.

Imagine how to my dismay,

I watched these things just melt away.


My sense of loss was even more,

because I felt my wife withdraw.

She used to be so passionate,

affectionate, companionate.


Nothing much was ever said,

but such passions now seemed dead.

I grieved a little at this loss,

as it embellished my pathos.


Though physically we’re not now close,

there seems no need to be morose.

Because of all the things we had,

the loss of one thing’s not that bad.


For every other part of life

upholds with me and with my wife.























 


 



























   















































(10.08.2010)




Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.

01.08.2014






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