For Boann

For Boann

 

What could be more inspiring

than the Milky Way flowing

through the velvet midnight sky?

 

an appearance, an epiphany,

as the rains covered the heavens

earlier and later

but as I walked outside You

revealed

 

in starlight

star bright

milk white

illumination

 

 

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Wikipedia

 

In Irish lore Boann is the wife of Nechtan, keeper of the well holding wisdom. The rule was no one but he and his cupbearers could approach it. She transgressed, triggering a surge of rushing water, creating rivers (first the eponymous Boyne) and by implication human access to the waters of imbas. Her name in Primitive Irish was Bouvinda, showing association with a cow and illumination. The Milky Way can be seen as her river in the sky.

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