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The Dogwood Tree


Legend says of the Dogwood tree
That on it, Christ was crucified
His blood was shed for you and me
When the soldier pierced His side

The blood that ran from His feet and hands
And the crown upon His brow
Was all a part of God's great plan
Two thousand years ago – and now

The petals on the Dogwood tree
Form a tiny cross
The brown stains you can clearly see
Represent the blood He lost

As this Dogwood tree is planted
Our thoughts are filled with pity
For the victims and the families
Who were bombed in Oklahoma City

Let this tree be a tribute
To the Man the world crucified
And to those in Oklahoma City
For whom this same Man died

And when you view this Dogwood
Think of those who died
Not only in Oklahoma City
But also the one crucified

This was written for inclusion in a memorial service conducted at Carl Vinson VA Medical 
Center in Dublin, Georgia for the victims in the Oklahoma City bombing incident.  A 
Dogwood tree was planted in their commemoration on May 19, 1995 at 9:02 a.m.

Curtis Moorman
May 16, 1995

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Date: 6/14/2013 1:22:00 PM
Very touching , beautiful written, great tribute ... God Bless, Ellie
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Curtis Moorman
Date: 6/15/2013 7:31:00 PM
Thank you, Ellie. I am presently in Lafayette, Louisiana back on the way home to Georgia after an eithteen day bus tour of America's National Parks. What a trip! I just happen to be in a motel that gave me access to the internet and Poetry Soup was one of the first things I checked. I appreciate your comments.