Absolon’s daughters from the farm
At first they all felt much alarm.
Something different for each occurred
At the top of the hill they encountered…
Amaryllis saw the Virgin’s statue glow.
She was sure it wasn’t just a show.
Azalea saw tears on the statue’s cheeks.
For everyone’s help, she seeks.
Camelia saw red tears of blood.
It reminded her of the horrible flood.
Daisy saw an apparition.
Like a dream, come to fruition.
Diantha saw Mary with her shining crown.
And she was wearing a bright white gown.
Motherly Gardenia saw Jesus, held by Mary.
She ran to them; she was unwary.
Heather saw Mary floating high in the sky
With moon, and sun, and stars so high.
Iris saw the colorful sun do a dance.
And she knew it wasn’t just by chance.
Jasmine saw Saint Joseph bless them all.
To her this really did enthrall.
Jonquil heard a beautiful voice.
It seemed to be giving them all a choice.
Lilac heard the lovely voice, too.
She felt at peace -- and also blue.
Growing Lily understood more
For she was almost ten and four.
Magnolia fashioned medals galore.
Just like the ones the Virgin wore.
Little Marigold saw the Lady smile.
She wasn’t the least bit… hostile.
Pansy saw a scary vision.
To avoid its fate was her decision.
Peony heard the word, “Penance!”
She did as she was told at every chance.
Petunia heard all about sacrifice.
And so she took this good advice.
Rose saw Mary with a golden rose.
It’s meaning she really couldn’t suppose.
Viola saw the pretty Virgin, veiled.
She held her breath and then exhaled.
Violetta was told to pray a lot.
And so she did with much deep thought.
Zinnia was told to pray the rosary, daily.
In order for the world to be truly… gaily.
Somehow the girls all understood.
Through disbelief they all withstood.
They prayed each day, together, all
For the greater good, though each was small.
People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.” When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. Jonah 3:8-10 (NLT)
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