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There’s folks who won’t come close to me,
because I have an ostomy.
That does not matter in the end,
where that person is not a friend.
But when they were my friends before,
this is when it hurts me more.
One would expect a friend to stay,
from the respect we had one day.
Linking back to when things were fine,
thinking that these were friends of mine,
I have to question reasons why,
friends from my past would pass me by.
Maybe it’s me made the wrong call,
and they were my friends at all.
Nonetheless it hurts inside,
that they give me a berth so wide.
Although it gets to me a bit,
I don’t want to dwell on it.
I’d like to concentrate upon,
my new state and moving on.
Here my tale has not yet ended,
for there are people I’ve befriended,
and they can empathise with me
because they have an ostomy.
From now on I won’t pretend,
I need to redefine ‘a friend’
as someone who can really care
and when you need them they’ll be there.
Someone you can rely upon,
not have to ask them why they’ve gone.
This sort you’ll find that in the end
ought to define what is a friend.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
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