The Michaelmas Daisies, among dede weeds,
Bloom for St Michael’s valorous deeds.
And seems the last of flowers that stood,
Till the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.
St. Michael the Archangel was quite busy after he drove Lucifer and his bad angels out of heaven (I never understood what they were doing in heaven in the first place). He told Joan of Arc she had to help Charles VII beat the English (a lot of good that did her), and appeared to a bishop who built Mont St. Michel for him. He guards Eve’s tomb (did you know Eve had a tomb?), and refused to show Lucifer where Moses was buried (because Lucifer, for some strange reason, thought he could get the Jews to worship Moses).
His name means “Who is like God,” which maybe explains why they also say he made the ten plagues of Egypt and parted the Red Sea and led the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Who knew?
And if you have Michaelmas daisies, by the way, they’ll last only till October 28.