Oh Starry Cow, your beauty fills the sky!
At dawn flowers open toward your radiant smile
Daisies, poppies, sunflowers, roses
At dusk flowers reach up to your starlit eyes
Jasmine, lilies, orchids, water lilies
And all through the day, all through the night
We your children dance beneath your benevolent gaze
Oh Golden One, your beauty fills the sky!
O trickster! O thief!
Return to me my heart Given under falsehood! This least valued of your treasures Forgotten and unremarkable What profit can it bring you? Return it that I might lock it away And never err again in offering!
Your halls are sandstone monoliths
Your garlands flowering succulents.
Rattlesnakes shake their sistra tails in joy
Coyotes sing your praises to the moon. Awoo, they cry, great is our Lord the Divine Jackal! Awoo, they carol, great is our Lord the Giver of Life!
Oh na Morrigna, help me!
Teach me to fight an enemy no sword can pierce
To fell an enemy that neither bleeds nor breathes!
On what battlefield can we make our last stand
When our enemy is everywhere and nowhere?
Oh na Morrigna, guide me!
I long for the simplicity of steel on steel
The clean finality of victory or death!
Yet how can we ever achieve a lasting peace
When the evil we fight is so systemic?
Oh na Morrigna, free me!
Tear off my chains of fear and hopelessness
And transform my impotent rage into energy!
How can I squander my privilege with inaction
When so many less fortunate fight to their last breath?
I am known as a goddess of love And yes, I am a lover, a mother, a teacher Yes, I can be gentle and kind But do not forget my claws and teeth Or the blood I have shed on the battlefield. I have always been a goddess of war; There is a reason my children are born knowing how to eviscerate their prey, after all. I have always been a goddess of war; The war between life and death Between survival and failure Between order and chaos. Love makes life worth living, But war is how you defend it.