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If there’s one thing gives me the hump,

it’s mucus from my rectal stump.

They did not tell me this would be

a side–effect of ostomy.


With no faeces coming through,

no way did I expect this goo.

It is so inconvenient

that I am still incontinent.


I thought that this would be all cured,

once my ostomy matured.

However, it’s not gone away

and I fear it’s here to stay.


Sometimes brown and sometimes white,

but mixed with blood is never right.

Then there’s yellow and there’s cream,

which will flood out like a stream.


Sometimes it’s soft and sometimes hard,

sometimes it’s slippery just like lard.

Occasionally I’ll get a chunk,

but mostly it will look like gunk.


The mucus used to irritate

and refused to irrigate.

That method didn’t work so well,

although it minimised smell.


When I reflect I must admit,

sometimes I get fed up with it.

For I was not expecting this,

every time I have a piss.


With both a plug and ‘inco’ pad,

you’d think it would not feel so bad.

But I still moan and I will grump

about the mucus from my stump.



















 


 



























   















































(10.08.2010)




Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.

12.06.2013







POEMS

RECTAL STUMP MUCUS