Pastel drawing of a tummyache by Diane Sciarretta. The Bodyscapes Program is an art experience inside the Red & Orange House

Tummyache by Diane Sciarretta, 1995Pastel on Fabriano paper, 36” X 24”

Tummyache by Diane Sciarretta, 1995
Pastel on Fabriano paper, 36” X 24”

Webster’s defined stomachache. \’stem-ek-ak\ n  1 : a pain in or in the region of the stomach.

I certainly had a pain. I had it in the stomach all my childhood.

Doctors told my mother there was nothing wrong. “She wants your attention” was their diagnosis. They didn’t know about extreme food allergies in the seventies. I read another dictionary definition. It was too long to read so I took out the words that had meaning to me

stomach. \’stem-ek\ n 1 : canal, communicating, esophagus, duodenum  2a : desire for food caused by hunger 2b :  inclination, desire  

stomach. \’stem-ek\ vb.  1 : to take offense at  2 : to bear without overt reaction or resentment : put up with

It was obvious. I had a pain in one of my canals from desiring to fill my hunger to stop taking offense to putting up with living when always inclined to reacting.

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