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Me And My Ostomy

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‘Twas not an answered prayer for me
to ‘have’ to have an ‘Ostomy’.

It’s no more easy to adjust
just because something’s a ‘must’.

I could whine and feel quite sad
but now it’s done it’s not so bad.

Bright blood - red as it could be
it’s not unlike a rose to see.

Rose red colour, shape as well
shame it hasn’t got same smell.

Bulbous shapes surround a hole
as if formed by mini-mole.

Shows  sensuous femininity
plus  protruding  masculinity.

There is base beauty to be found.
in this mucus membrane mound.

I appreciate it’s feel when warm
and celebrate its rounded form.

When washing with the water cold
it shrivels like it’s growing old.

Predictably it starts to grow
once warm internal fluids flow.

I must surmise how I might be
without my mighty Ostomy.

Pre–ostomy I had much pain
that I would not want back again.

Pre-ostomy as I recall
I hardly had a life at all.

From all that painful past I’m free
now my  stoma’s part of me.

                                Bill Withers  2011


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Rosie74 : Beautiful poem. Deep thoughts. May 04, 2013
Jupiter : Wonderfull... May 04, 2013
Bill : Thank you so much Rosie and Jupiter for your supportive comments. Best wishesBill May 05, 2013
Rosie74 : Just read your beautiful poem again. Makes me feel better! May 10, 2013
Bill : Hello Rosie. I am so glad you liked it. Getting such feedback from people like yourself makes me feel good too. Of all the loads of people who read these verses it is only those who make some comments that can make the effort seem worthwhile. Best wishesBill May 11, 2013
Kayakjan : This is great! You either have to laugh about this or make something beautiful out of it. Very nice!! May 13, 2013
kiakaha : Loved your poem I always think this is whats keeping me ALIVE. May 18, 2013
Bill : Hello kayakjan and kaikaha, Thank you for your comments as it is not everyone who can appreciate such verses, so when I get this type of feedback it means so much to me. Best wishesBill May 18, 2013
Past Member: Recently, I received a diverting ileostomy for 2nd time with much hesitation. I am still post op and trying to adjust. However, your poem is inspiring and gives me hope that I can feel better one day soon. I hope I can reach that place. May 22, 2013
Bill : Helo Jaxdog. Thank you so much for letting me know that you appreciated the verse and got some inspiration from it. It is feedback such as yours that provide my own inspiration so hopefully we help each other on a site such as this. Here's hoping that you feel much better very soon. Best wishesBill May 23, 2013
SallyW : Hello Bill,I reiterate what other people have been saying in that your poem is really beautiful. To that end, I am wondering if you would be able to give me permission to add it to my website, A Guide To Living With A Stoma,, since I believe that it would help many ostomates worldwide. I run my website on a voluntary basis, and it is independent and impartial. I set up the website to help ostomates worldwide with information, not as a money making venture.Perhaps you would be kind enough to email me at, and let me know.In the meantime, take care. Many thanks, Jean. Jun 11, 2013
Bill : Hello Jean,Thank you for your comments . It is flattering to hear that someone thinks enough of the verse to pass it on to others. Of course you have my permission to use it on your website and I wish you well with your efforts to help others in this way. The verse you mention is part of a collection (now 36) on this subject which I have published this year in:- ‘My Ostomy World' – SOLAR (publishers) ISBN 978-187461-18-1This also is a non- profit venture for me, so if it is of any help, you may use any of the verses in the book. I could send them to you as attachments to an email which would make it easier for you to copy and paste them onto your website. Personally, I think that books of poetry, where poems are read one after the other in quick succession, are not the ideal way for people to read rhyming verses. It seems much more effective to read them one at a time, over a period of time. Thus, putting them on a website, perhaps one a month, gives a greater impact than swamping the reader with them all in one go. Let me know if you would like me to send you the rest of themBest wishes Bill Jun 12, 2013

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