When I was in elementary I had heard the story of the crucifixion of Jesus. Being Cristian this was a paramount part of my religion. The body of Jesus, nailed to a cross, looking down with blood flowing from a crown of thorns was branded into ones brain. This method of death was common for those accused and found guilty in ancient Rome. Then one day during the Easter season I heard the story of the Dogwood. This was one of those fun stories that a person relives with enjoyment during special times of the year. Unlike the stories within the Bible the story of the dogwood is not based on religious scholar but is one of those stories that reinforces ones belief in his religion, but in a fun way.
When I first heard the story I had not examined a living dogwood but I did go out to find one. It was a mesmerizing experience as I marveled at how a plant could so closely resemble the story of the crucifixion of Jesus and so many other thousands around the world. The following is the story of the dogwood. The actual author has been lost intime.
In Jesus time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
‘Twas strong & firm it’s 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
Slender & twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
As blood stains the petals marked in brown
The blossom’s center wears a throny 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.”

These are the fun stories that become a part of our countries fiber. The little pieces of our lives that make up the customs and traditions of our great country. It is important that we keep these stories as a part of our heritage to be passed from generation to generation.

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