(In honor of my Dogwoods blooming)
A Dogwood Legend
In Jesus’ time the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
‘Twas strong and firm as oak-branches interwoven
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.
Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
“Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so
It shall slender and twisted be-
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
As bloodstains the petals marked in brown-
The blossom’s center shall wear a thorny crown.
All who see it will remember me-
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.
Cherished and protected this tree shall be
A reminder to all of my agony.”