Though battle call me from thy arms Let not my pretty Susan mourn; Though cannons roar, yet safe from harms William shall to his Dear return. Love turns aside the balls that round me fly, Lest precious tears should drop from Susan’s eye:
The boatswain gave the dreadful word, The sails their swelling bosom spread, No longer must she stay aboard; They kiss’d, she sigh’d, he hung his head. Her lessening boat unwilling rows to land; ‘Adieu!’ she cries; and waved her lily hand.
So I just noticed this scene in Advent Children Complete and something struck me as strange. If Aerith is represented by lilies, and they only grew there in her church why was Zack represented by a different species of flower?
I did some research on the wildflower that was here and I sort of guessed that it was the Black-Eyed Susan, a common North American wildflower. There is actually a poem about it. There are several stanzas, explaining that Susan’s lover William was on board a ship, about to go to war, and quickly scrambled down for a fond farewell with his lady love. He promised ardently to be safe and true to her. It’s very similar to Zack’s promise to Aerith.
The Black-Eyed Susan is also symbolic of encouragement