DIGNITY AND STOMAS
DIGNITY AND STOMAS.
Prior to my colostomy
it never did occur to me
that people differed in this way
as stomas are not on display.
So, you’re not likely to behold,
and stoma stories are untold,
because it seems embarrassing
to be talking about this thing.
But should stomas have the effect
of making people circumspect
about the problems they have had
that’s made their lives seem pretty bad?
Should some simple substitution
for a bum, as a solution
to the problems of their waste
be hidden as if in bad taste?
Since my poo comes from my tum
instead of from my ailing bum,
I’ve pondered on this difference
and wondered about consequence.
I had to have a stoma so,
I found it comforting to know
that it improved my sufferance
and I have much more tolerance.
I’ve got lots of benignity
but I’ve not lost my dignity,
and just because the stoma’s there
it doesn’t mean that I don’t care.
My empathy has risen too
for all people who need to poo
through a stoma, into a bag
as that can be an extra drag.
But we can hold our heads up high
and rise above it if we try.
B. Withers 2019