MISHAPS AT NIGHT
MISHAPS AT NIGHT.
Perhaps the worst mishaps are said
to happen when you go to bed.
You might feel safe when tucked up tight
right in the middle of the night.
But even if you’re in a coma
that won’t stop an active stoma.
For if you have an ostomy
it has its own autonomy.
There’s no way you can keep it still
it does just what it thinks it will.
It can erupt at any time
spewing out it’s grime and slime.
It is a must to wear a bag
that you can trust to catch this slag.
But sometimes this is not enough
to hold the volume of this stuff.
The best bags swell but what is worst
is mess and smell from bags that burst.
They blow much like old hand grenades
and throw faeces into cascades.
The bits of shit fly anywhere
here and there and everywhere.
And all that’s left for you to do
is be bereft at all that poo.
Then after the disaster’s done
and --it has plastered everyone.
You start the mammoth job to clean
everything that can be seen.
Then at some ungodly hour
when you get into the shower
of course, you’ve lost a good night’s sleep
because your stoma would not keep.
What might have been a bright new morn
can leave you peeved that you were born.
B. Withers 2013