The Legend of the Dogwood Tree

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When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew
to a towering size with a lovely hue.
It's branches were strong and interwoven
and for Christ's cross it's timbers were chosen.
Being distressed at the use of this wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:

"Not ever again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for a tree and so
Slender and twisted it shall always be
With cross~shaped blossoms for all to see.
The petals shall have bloodstains marked in brown
And in the blossom's center a thorny crown.
All who see it will think of me,
Nailed to the cross from a dogwood tree.
Protected and cherrished this tree shall be
A reflection to all of my agony."