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When I first had an ostomy,
nothing ever was to me
so full of incongruity
and packed with ambiguity.
At first I felt the strangest thing
like something’s good but with a sting.
For though it was necessitous,
it also felt calamitous.
My life had been unbearable
with colon un-
So I was pleased it could be changed
by having tubing rearranged.
Given all the antecedents
I should have had more confidence.
Why would I fear an ostomy,
protruding from the front of me?
But when the thoughts within my head
changed to reality instead,
the clash of feelings was so strong
at every turn, something felt wrong.
I knew I had to have the op,
but these weird feelings would not stop.
Seeing this thing upon my side
made me want to run and hide.
Sometimes one’s confidence can fade
after a major leap is made.
But when something is just a must,
it seems more easy to adjust.
When first I had an ostomy,
a mass of doubt came over me.
But with the passing of the years,
this ostomy’s allayed those fears.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
WHEN I FIRST HAD AN OSTOMY
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