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Some people find it hard to tell,
in case their stomas start to smell.
They find it all embarrassing
to talk about this wee small thing.
They will pretend it is not there,
and don’t intend to ever share.
I think they think that one fine day,
this blinking thing will go away.
They feel that folks won’t understand,
so poke their heads right in the sand.
But this is not what I have found,
as I have spread the word around.
There’s never need for lacrimation,
most folks have a fascination.
They seem keen to find out from me,
all about my ostomy.
So I will tell them what I know,
and if they want I’ll also show.
And I am not ashamed of it,
as everyone has got to shit.
When once I’ve done the how's and why’s,
then nothing comes as a surprise.
There must be little left to hide,
so they just take it in their stride.
So not to make it serious,
it’s got to be hilarious.
Thus, I’ll treat it like a farce,
so us and them can have some laughs.
When once I’ve started I’ll tell jokes,
then it’s light hearted for these folks.
So they don’t know what lies behind,
flurries of worries in my mind.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
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