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There’s folks with stomas I suppose,
might view their stomas like a rose.
Soft, red, rounded, bulbous too,
but oft a rose won’t smell like poo.
Other’s will see the best in them,
like mothers don’t their kids condemn.
No matter how this thing behaves,
the stoma’s master, they’re the slaves.
The stomas are collateral,
damage that’s unnatural.
Some people take them to their heart
and vow that they would never part.
Perhaps affection’s just as well,
especially when this thing must smell.
For if you start to be averse,
it may only make things worse.
I know one man who thinks the stink
has brought him to the very brink.
He’s tried so hard to keep control,
but sees this thing as his hellhole.
Another bloke explained to me,
and spoke of creatures in the sea.
The feeder fish around a shark
struck a need and found the mark.
Some would see it and beseech,
it comes just like a sucking leech.
A thing that’s stuck upon their side
that sucks the dung from deep inside.
Whichever way you view this thing,
you may not know what it might bring.
Would stomas see you have more strife
or could they be to save your life?
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
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