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How can people understand

without experiencing first-hand.

All the subtle ins and outs

Of what an ostomy’s about.


They don’t know what it’s like for us

and do not understand the fuss.

They just sit upon the loo

and go about their normal poo.


They don’t know what it’s like for me

‘cos they don’t have an ostomy.

Can folk ever really get it

if they can have a ‘normal’ shit.


This thing that is attached to me,

this thing that’s called an ostomy.

This thing could drive you round the bend

so how would others comprehend.


‘I’ sometimes question if it’s real

so no one else knows how I feel.

It’s hard for folk to really know

unless they have their own to show.


With all the angst and all the strife,

the losing of a ‘normal’ life.

You feel like one of just a few

and other folks don’t have a clue.


There’s some who really want to care

but even they have not been there.

So even with their caring stance

they’re acting out of ignorance.


I hate to just pontificate

it’s up to us to educate.

Let people know what to expect

and let us show our self-respect.



 


 



























   















































(10.08.2010)




Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.

12.06.2013






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