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Coat of Many Colors
by Shelby Spear
11/11/06
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Joseph eagerly donned his coat
Embellished with many colors
Alluding to his sense of pride
That it was unlike any others

The gift from his adoring father
Which strengthened their kinship ties
Became a point of contention
Through his brothersí bitter cries

Favoritism can breed resentment
In the spirit of sibling rivalry
And the comfort it seems to bring
Will corrupt through satanís bribery

Unbeknownst to Joseph
Brotherhood had turned to hate
As the coat he so adored
Would twist the chance of fate

His dreams of which he boasted
Only added to the fire
A division within the family
And a reason for vengeful ire

His brothers formed a plot
To wipe Joseph from existence
They threw him in a cistern
Hoping death wouldnít meet resistance

In lieu of death, and avoiding guilt
They opted to keep him alive
Sold him as a slave instead
So their egos could survive

The twist of fate that came to pass
Was that Joseph did not crumble
Grace assured him ruler of Egypt
And a heart that had turned humble

Joseph now knew it wasnít the coat
That led him to a man of stature
Instead it was obedience to Godís Will
And a respect that he would capture

Merit in our lives
means succumbing to our Maker
To faithfully Trust in His lead
And ignore our human nature

So it was the most beautiful lesson
That Joseph ever learned
His willingness to extend his mercy
For his brothersí ills and concerns

Forgiveness means a cleansing
A refreshing of the soul
For the freedom that it brings
Is what completes and makes us whole

Like leaves among the Autumn
Changing colors against the sky
They too must die to self
And give birth when Spring comes nigh

For if trees believed their colors
Represented their great worth
Disappointment would surely follow
When bareness shields the earth

Only God has the power to reveal
The true beauty of a soul
So always walk beside Him
With Love your only goal



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Beatrice Ang 14 Nov 2006
Very nice work! I love the message. But what set it apart was how you wrote it. Your diction (usage of words) is perfect. And the metaphors were also fitting and very good. You made my day. ^_^ God bless!
Thomas Kittrell 11 Nov 2006
For if trees believed their colors Represented their great worth Disappointment would surely follow When bareness shields the earth

Great poem. I really like the message in the verse quoted above.
Thomas
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