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Monologue/Reflection - The leper reflects

When the first pale marks appeared I pretended they were not there.
When my fingers felt numb, I ignored it, told myself that it would pass.
But I couldn’t hide it forever.  
And so my life changed.
I left my village and found shelter with other lepers. I left my old life behind;
I left life behind.
The irony was that even among the outcasts, I was an outcast:
the only Samaritan.
The Jews, although unclean, were less tainted than I:
doubly defiled.


© Sue Brown 2013

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