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There would be little that you’d lose
to walk a mile within my shoes.
But walk that mile within my pants,
you’ll soon desire to decant.
For I am one of just a few,
who cannot hold onto their poo.
I do not do this with intent,
it’s just that I’m incontinent.
When you take your first big stride,
you’ll surely wish that you could hide.
The shame upon your face will tell
From that point on your gait has changed,
you’ll walk along as if deranged.
Do you walk or do you run?
Either way it’s not much fun.
You’ll pray to know where is the loo,
Then there is a greater fear,
if you forgot your change of gear.
And if you did not think ahead,
it’s now you’ll wish that you were dead.
Whilst on that edge of life’s abyss,
how do you ask for help with this?
Who would want to get involved
so your problem gets resolved?
In this facile, selfish land
very few would understand.
If you try to just stand still,
the nausea will make you ill.
The proverb will then live to prove,
there’ll come a time you’ll have to move.
‘You’ will have to realise
help will not materialise.
So ‘You’ will have to take control
to loose ‘yourself’ from this hellhole.
When you’ve done this all alone
the proverb’s meaning will be shown.
Within my pants you’ll start to know,
there’s still most of that mile to go!
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
WALK A MILE WITHIN MY PANTS
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