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When I was young, I thought it right
that all my clothes were smart and tight.
I would closely follow fashion
with both pleasure and with passion.
When my friends and I went out,
we knew what fashion was about.
Despite the adults who might scoff,
we had perfected showing off.
Those were the days when clothes and we
remained relaxed and stayed carefree.
So full of trust and free from strife,
our aim was just to enjoy life.
I’d never really had it rough,
my stoma came then life got tough.
The clothes and fashion took a dive
in my struggle to survive.
Now I’ve no money and I’ve found
it’s funny how things turn around.
How with the advent of a bag,
now my clothes have scent and sag.
With this bad hand that I’ve been dealt
I find it hard to wear a belt.
All my trousers are now baggy,
as my belly’s become saggy.
A stoma’s output come what may
must have a way to get away.
If we’ve a mind to wear tight things,
we’ll find a pancake’s what it brings.
Then when we end up in a mess,
we muse on better ways to dress.
More relaxing things we don,
for now our fashion days are gone.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
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