It never would have crossed my mind,
before having been informed,
that the tall, heart leaved tree above me
was the subject of a religious storm.
Adorned in shiny clusters of magenta,
its lanky branches are transformed, into
bracelets charmed with hot pink gems -
arboreal arms impossible to ignore!
Legend has it, that this sparkling tree,
whose flowers were once dressed in white,
blushed with shame upon discovering the
horrific sight, of Judas, one of Jesus Christ's
disciples, hanging from a bending bough,
sick with guilt that he'd betrayed the Lord,
having failed to keep his sacred vow.
I sympathize with the history
behind this rosy coloured tree,
its sweet appearance so incongruous
with its unfortunate notoriety. To me,
it's just a cheery, pink umbrella,
dotted with silky, stellar petals,
and not a canopy of blasphemy.
Cercis siliquastrum, or Judas trees,
are presently blooming on the island.
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