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 (crying)
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.
B. Withers 2013