Friday, April 9, 2010

The Dogwood Legend

(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.”

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