Monday, May 14, 2018
Legend Of The Dogwood Tree
At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus’ cross.
To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said, “Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross – two long and two short petals.
“In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember.”
Raindrops cascade like teardrops on blossoms of a beautiful pink dogwood tree on a May evening in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Monday, March 30, 2015
"The swan, like the soul of a poet,
By the dull world is ill understood."
~ Heinrich Heine
~ "Early Poems - Evening Songs"
Droplets of chilly spring waters cascade across a beautiful mute swan as it glides in the morning sunlight like poetry in motion on Lake Muhlenberg, Cedar Creek Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Monday, October 21, 2013
~ "Autumn Leaves," French lyrics by Jacques Prevert, English lyrics by Johnny Mercer,
Music by Joseph Kosma, 1946.
Raindrops that looked like tears lingered on this leaf after the sun appeared this weekend at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania, reminding me of this line from the 1946 classic, "Autumn Leaves."