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There was a time in history,
when stomas were a mystery.
As I had never heard the word,
the thought of it seemed quite absurd.
My mind was unconcerned and shut
about things that concerned my butt.
Then this was suddenly all changed,
when my guts were rearranged.
My intestines were dissected
and my colon disconnected.
The concept was quite difficult,
a stoma was the end result.
I went in for an operation
to improve my sanitation.
Some get ileostomies,
yet others have colostomies.
These are holes made into our tums
to replace old faulty bums.
Whatever way you look at it,
they’re there to let our poo exit.
You end up with a great big bag
that fills with poo, then starts to sag.
Bags can burst with faeces raw,
and this is something we abhor.
When you have had your world so rocked,
then this can leave you rather shocked.
It’s such an inconvenience
and not a good experience.
It’s little wonder some resent,
what their stomas represent.
But on balance all the strife,
just means that we’ve been given life.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
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