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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)
By JoAnne Potter
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You took the coat first, tore it from my shoulders and hacked at it with bloody blades. I saw a courage come into your faces then where none had crept before, a fool’s courage born of jealous power. That power sentenced me to lonely death. You bore me down with your own hands into the well, into the deep, silent dark. My cries peeled off its sad sides and dropped like stones where no ears but mine could hear.
The Midianites who brought me up found only what breath and blood could save. You had killed the rest, stealing away all color with the coat and all hope with the dream. They brought me here to Egypt where the Pharaoh dreamed instead, and he took me in. For twenty years, I have spoke and walked and counted gray days but, today, you came to me. You came, and I remembered.
Anger rose unbidden from a stronghold thought carefully locked, now suddenly sprung. It surged in accusation: Liars! Thieves! Murderers! Into what pit can I throw you? Into what slavery? What jail? You robbed me of more than my coat, more than my freedom. Because of you, I command, but in pale loneliness. I breathe, but in hollow loss.
I rose to strike, but before I could, you bowed down, your creased foreheads resting on cool marble, your weary backs bent and sluggish, and there, as it fulfilled itself, I finally saw beyond the old dream. We had each wrought in time what our sins demanded, had exposed foul pride and sharp cruelty. Now, with souls clarified by repentance and humility, we could watch time’s wheel turn unburdened. Revenge, regret, and mourning receded, became unnecessary, and spent themselves to find salvation.
Now I weep, but not with sadness. Memories require our permission to live. I let the old dream burst, fade, and dissolve. Free, I move to embrace you, sharing the miracle of a smiling boy in a many-colored coat walking again in the sunshine across the long, green pasture to greet his brothers.
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