my core belongs to Mother Earth
Each of my four flowers has a meaning.
I drew them and then had them inked onto my body:
a Chrysanthemum for my birth and for the things that bloom while most wither;
a Plumeria Rubra for its alluring scent and how it too was not native to Asia but blossomed there;
a Dogwood to remind me that Virginia is home and I can always be a princess as it was the flower of my pageant branch; and a rose for softness requires thorns and as the flower of my service sorority, it reminds me to give back.
Who knows what flowers will come next as my I continue to grow.