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Posted by Bill

I find that rhyming verse is best
to help me get things off my chest.
So I might write some moans and groans
about the crap that’s known as Crohn's.

They tell me it’s abdominal
but I say it’s abominable.
Coping with the awful pain
and hoping it’s not all in vain.

Diarrhoea is often chronic.
but not bound to be colonic.
Sometimes faeces in full flood.
can contain a load of blood.

Crohn's can create dyspepsia
accompanied by nausea
and constipation might amass
along with swelling from the gas.

Absorbing nutrients is hard
so you must always be on guard.
There is little can frustrate
as much as a great loss of weight.

With Crohn's there’s no immunity
and therefore no impunity.
Because Crohn's leads to so much strife
it does affect your way of life.

Crohn's disease and its progression
may well lead one to depression.
Life’s quality becomes diminished
to the point where you feel finished.

Despite discomforts of the Crohn's
most resist the moans and groans
and the great trait that I admire
isthat theymanage and aspire.

B. Withers 2013

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Mar 23, 2013 12:35 PM
Sophie96 : Very good poem Bill, captures just how ive felt dealing with it in the past. Is this what you also have that led to your ostomy? sophie
Mar 23, 2013 2:18 PM
Bill : March 23, 2013 Hello Sophie96, Thank you for your comments and I'm really pleased that the verse captures some of the feelings and exeriences about the subject matter. Chrones is not what led to my own ostomy but the personal stories on this site about it and how people cope have been truly inspirational and obviously a motivation for putting pen to paper in appreciation. A major motivator and incentive for my writing rhyming verse is when I come across problems that appear to be insoluble at a practical level. I try to listen with as much empathy as I can muster and then simply translate what people are saying into rhyme. Obviously I 'feel' for those who have the problems and hope that I can capture the concepts adequately to reflect what they are experiencing sharing the verses with those people is my way of conversing and sharing what might otherwise be lost on those who may not want to listen. I have called this approach 'Inverse Feedback'. Over the years it has proved to be quite effective as a support for those who have nowhere else to turn for someone to listen with empathy. The verses simply 'prove' that someone has listened. My own journey to an ostomy was via several botched operations for what should have been minor surgical procedures. Best wishes Bill
Mar 24, 2013 4:34 AM
Bill : Hello Ambies, Thanks for your comments - it's so good to have the feedbackBest wishes Bill
Mar 24, 2013 4:34 AM
Bill : Hello Jo. Thank you also for your comments as it is very useful to be able to rectify mistakes before too many people have seen them. I usually get someone to proof-read my work before publication and this sorts out all these minor errors (and there's plenty of them!) However, as I post the ones relevant to this site as soon as they are written, this proof-reading doesn't get done. Gratefully yours - Bill
Mar 24, 2013 4:44 AM
Sophie96 : I also noticed the spelling mistske but thought it doesnt really matter, you had spent your time to write about something that doesnt affect you but does other people and i thought that was great, lots of medical conditions have silly names that are ridiculous to spell! and my spelling is rubbish anyway so in used to seeing things wrong!! ha ha
Mar 24, 2013 5:01 AM
Bill : Hello Sophie96. Thanks so much for sharing your feelings as they reflect my own on an instinctual, first reaction basis. That is, I tend not to bother too much about spelling, punctuation or grammar as these are things that I was never taught and therefore they never seemed very important to me. This is particularly pertinent to those verses that I write for myself and don't intend to share with anyone else. It's also important when I read and recognise these sort of things in stuff that other people write. I too fel that it's not re4ally that important. However, I have come to realise that if the verses are to be shared with a wider audience, then I probably have a responsibility to correct the most glaring mistakes. Sometimes, once I've written a verse, I simply cannot see the obvious mistakes no matter how often I re-read the thing. Then, when someone points the mistakes out, I am embarrassed at my lack of skill in this regard and am very grateful if I have the opportunity to rectify the mistakes before a lot of people get to see them. I feel it's like having a very good 'friend' who is willing to tell me stuff that may be embarrassing, but who wants to help before it gets to go too far. Thus, I hope you can feel free to let me know if you spot any mistakes in the verses I post on here and - if appropriate, I will certainly alter them accordingly or let you have an explanation as to why I think they should remain the same.. -- Sometimes, things that look wrong in poetry are done deliberately for effect. This then becomes a matter of taste and interpretation which I believe is termed 'poetic licence'.Best wishes Bill
Mar 28, 2013 11:27 PM
WOUNDED DOE : I'm a Crohnie too....for most of my life.....great poem and look how many of us totally understand what it can do to us.......xoxo love to each of you.
Mar 29, 2013 2:30 PM
kulkitty : love your poem. I can sooo relate. I am thankful that I have not symptoms for quite some time.
Mar 30, 2013 1:15 AM
Bill : Hello Wounded Doe. Thanks for your comment It makes me feel so much better to know that some of these verses are rtelevant to those who suffer. By the way I was reading one of your past posts on your lifestyle and was most impressed. The way you described it your lifestyle seems idyllic to someone like myself who appreciates it. However, for myself, I would include those human animals who need a sanctuary as well as other animals.my very best wishes to you and your animals. Bill
Mar 30, 2013 1:15 AM
Bill : Hello kulkitty. Thanks for your post also, my world would not be the same without this sort of positive feedback. It's a pity that there isn't an 'I like' tick-box as there is (I believe) on other sites.Best wishes Bill
Apr 04, 2013 1:49 PM
allen120 : My dearest one,Greetings to you, I hope this mail will find you well healthy and I hope we can established a relationship since we are meeting here for the first time, I have gone through your profile that speaks good of you on this site (meetanostomate.org): I was impressed when i saw your profile address and decide to communicate with you. It is my desire to know you. Thanks and hoping to hear from you soon.HERE is my email address ( enisallen787@yahoo.com )MISS Enis Allen
Apr 04, 2013 10:32 PM
Primeboy : Oh Enis. I can't wait to meet you. Please feel free to contact me anytime at www.nowselfdestruct.com. Pleasant trip! PB
Apr 05, 2013 2:03 AM
Bill : Hello Enis. Thank you for your comments. It is very flattering to think that someone would like to form a relationship with me. However, if you read my profile (as you say you did) it clearly states that I am married with chldren and grandchildren. My marriage has lasted for 45years and this doesn't happen if one or the other partner decides to form close 'relationships' with other people. It also states on my profile that I am not (necessarily) a good communicator on a personal basis. This is because I probably have very little in common with most people who desire to communicate with other people on a personal level. I would like to finish by pointing out that if everyone on this site decided to opt-out of communicating to 'all' the other contributors on a general basis, in favour of personal communications, there would very quickly be virtually nobody left to communicate with. I hope that you will find someone more suitable to form a relationship with in the near future. Best wishes Bill.
Apr 05, 2013 2:03 AM
Bill : Hello PB. Thank you for you post.(and for watching my back) I had wondered about whether Enis's post was genuine as she clearly had not read , or understood my profile as she indicated on her post. I could not be quite as certain as you that she was not genuine so I replied in as diplomatic a way as I know how! I do not normally get these types of emails (or posts)as I do not have an email address of my own. My wife allows me to use her's, so it would have been an 'interesting' ongoing correspondence with Enis had it happened. Best wishes Bill
Apr 05, 2013 7:24 PM
Primeboy : Welcome back, Ambies. I hope you continue to feel better. Our mystery email author is likely not a person but a crime syndicate looking to swindle honest and caring people. I am sure there will be some new software available for sites such as ours that will detect and junk malicious bulk postings. PB
Jan 04, 2022 9:39 PM
john.q.ghost : @Bill I had UC, and I know the song is technically about Crohn's, but nonetheless I can really relate to the other casualties like we had similar problems, and I have always found your poetry to be an honest joy for any who listen and have enjoyed it for many years. Thanks again for the gems :-)
Jan 05, 2022 2:41 AM
Bill : Hello john.q.ghost. Thank you so much for your appreciation of the rhyme and for posting to let me know your feelings having read it. This sort of feedback is very welcome as it does indicate that some people do like the rhymes and that provides motivation to write some more. Best wishes Bill