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The Dogwood


For some reason, this is a good year for the dogwood. Local dogwoods are in fine form. Even the little one in our yard is blooming prolifically.

It is the provincial floral emblem of British Columbia.

The Dogwood Speaks Out


One day I could be forty-five,

That’s feet in height, I mean.

My flowers are a velvet white

With just a hint of green.


Their petals number four to six,

But never all the same, 

And now I’m sure you’re wondering,

“How did it get that name?”


In Sanskrit, I am named for “dag,”

Which happens to be “skewer,”

But changing “dag” to “dog” makes sense,

And questions asked are fewer.


The berries on my flowers feed

An awful lot of birds,

And deer who want to browse my twigs

Keep munching them in herds.


The bears and beavers eat my leaves,

Perhaps they think I’m salad.

Then satisfied, they amble on, 

They burp and sing a ballad.


For tanning agents and for dyes,

My bark is useful too.

The Salish and the Thompsons somehow

Knew just what to do.


The Cowichans made knitting needles

From my solid wood.

They knitted sweaters with designs

As often as they could.


I’m useful and I’m beautiful,

I’m really quite a tree,

For B.C.’s floral emblem

They’ve officially chosen me.


Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

41 thoughts on “The Dogwood

  1. Love the photos and poem! 😎🇨🇦

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  2. Nicely done, Anneli! Love the photos, too!

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  3. Lots of beautiful dogwoods in bloom inVancouver. It was one of my Mum’s favourite flowers.

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  4. Quite the tree. Lovely shots and poem.

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  5. Your dogwood is so pretty!

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  6. What a great poem and photos! 🙂

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  7. A beautiful poem for a beautiful tree 🙂
    Life is Good !

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  8. I love your poem! The plant is an excellent emblem!

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  9. Recently my wife and I visited our latest granddaughter in Victoria. So many dogwood trees in full blossoms attracted our attention. Unfortunately, they are not doing so well in the Interior. Great photos, my friend!

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  10. They burp and sing a ballad! Ha!

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  11. A poet and a botanist on our glorious dogwood tree, specially favored as our B.C. Floral emblem. Very appreciated Anneli, another A+!

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  12. Your poem is as beautiful as the tree itself. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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  13. Great photos, Anneli. Love the poem too. You are so clever. 🙂

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  14. Beautiful poem and beautiful shots.


  15. A wonderful tree with wonderful flowers on it and a very wonderful poem! Your post just made me feel so good and happy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post

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  16. what a inspiring and beautiful post! the poem, the tree… lovely Anneli


  17. Ein schönes und auch noch informatives Gedicht, liebe Anneli.
    Herzliche Grüße,

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  18. Mine aren’t quite there yet, but what beautiful trees. Your dogwood is amazing. And thanks for sharing your poem. I had no idea it was more than just a beautiful tree. 🙂


  19. Great poem. I especially love the burping bears and beavers.

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