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Kiraela
May 7th, 2009, 12:07 PM
My father in law was just going through some of his stuff and he found something really cool, which he gave to me. It's a bag full of dried spanish moss and a card with a poem on it:

"There's an old, old legend that's whispered by southern folks
About the lacy spanish moss that garlands the great oaks.
A Lovely princess and her love, upon their wedding day,
Were struck down by a savage foe amidst a bitter fray.
United in death they were buried, so the legends go,
'Neath an oak's strong, friendly arms, protected from their foe.
There, as was custom, they cut the bride's long hair with love,
And hung it's shining blackness on the spreading limbs above.
Untouched, Undisturbed it hung there for all the world to see,
And with the years the locks turned gray and spread from tree to tree."

- Legend of the Spanish Moss, by Dawson Corley.


http://imagecache.allposters.com/images/pic/DANPOD/US11_AJE0001_M-FB%7ELive-Oak-Tree-Draped-with-Spanish-Moss-Savannah-Georgia-USA-Posters.jpg

(darn, that princess must have had a lot of hair. I wonder if it was Rapunzel? :D)

simply_me
May 7th, 2009, 12:13 PM
That was a really thoughtgul gift. Interesting legend; very cool.

Euphony
May 7th, 2009, 12:19 PM
That's absolutely beautiful!

Gypsygirl
May 7th, 2009, 12:26 PM
That is beautiful! You father-in-law sounds like a wonderful person. :)

Kiraela
May 7th, 2009, 12:56 PM
He can be, at times, yeah. (others, he's a pain in the butt, but all older people that live with you are, I think)

KajiKodomo
May 7th, 2009, 01:52 PM
That's beautiful! :D

enfys
May 7th, 2009, 04:02 PM
Oh what a lovely poem. Imagine being the person who looked at a tree and thought of that!

eyesofsummer
May 7th, 2009, 04:08 PM
I love spanish moss, and I love live oaks!

Nice story, too :) It does looks like hair

spidermom
May 7th, 2009, 04:12 PM
I grew up at least half my time in the south and I never heard that legend. Thank you for sharing. (P.S. I tried to gather up some Spanish moss to bring home with me last time I visited down south, and it was full of insects.)

jera
May 7th, 2009, 04:16 PM
What a beautiful legend. :) Thanks for sharing it.

Fencai
May 7th, 2009, 04:19 PM
That's awesome!!! And Very Very beautiful!

NiAosSi
May 7th, 2009, 04:20 PM
That's so lovely!

jahof45
May 7th, 2009, 04:22 PM
Very cool and the photo was beautiful.

JamieLeigh
May 7th, 2009, 04:25 PM
I love it! :) Thanks so much for sharing - it really does look like hair. Beautiful trees and plants like Spanish moss are some of the nicer things about living down here. :D

Jessica Trapp
May 7th, 2009, 05:21 PM
What a lovely gift!

mugglemomof3
May 7th, 2009, 05:29 PM
Wowsers. I'd never heard of that legend before either. Now I have, thanks to you and your FIL!! :clapping:

GlassEyes
May 7th, 2009, 07:34 PM
That's really pretty.