Bloodline – Cornus Midwinter Fire – Oil on Canvas 2021
Ne’er again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so
Slender and twisted it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see
As blood stains the petals marked in brown
The blossom’s centre wears a thorny crown…
~ The legend of the Dogwood
Garden of Remembrance – Oil on Canvas – Omay Lee 2019
The wind, one brilliant day, called
to my soul with an odour of jasmine.
“In return for the odour of my jasmine,
I’d like all the odour of your roses.”
“I have no roses; all the flowers
in my garden are dead”.
“Well then, I’ll take the withered petals
and the yellow leaves and the waters of the fountain.”
the wind left. And I wept. And I said to myself:
“What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you”
~ Antonio Machado
A garden of remembrance allows us to reflect on the withered state of the planet, and a need for a renewed sense of care for the flowers and the plants that are entrusted to us.