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Comments by Valerie - 2 Mar 2008

In Reference to: Flowering Dogwood

Mr. Hoffman,

I wanted to share with you something my Mother-in-law sent to me and when I read it, I was curious about it and when I googled it, and it brought your website up, the pictures were beautiful of the blossoms of the dogwood.

The legend of the dogwood must be true because yours pictures match this so perfectly.

The Legend of the Dogwood tree
There is a legend, that at the time
Of the crucifixion the dogwood had
Been the size of the oak
And other forest trees.
So firm and strong was the tree
That it was chosen as the timber of the cross.
To be used thus for such a cruel purpose
Greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus,
Nailed upon it, sensed this, and in hi
Gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering said to it
Because of your regret and pity for my suffering,
Never again shall the dogwood tree grow large
Enough to be used as a cross, hence-forth
It shall be slender and bent and twisted
And it's blossoms shall be in the form of a cross......
Two long and two short petals and in the center
Of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints,
Brown with rust and stained with red,
And in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns,
And all who see it will remember."

Hope you have a blessed day.