Sol Prayer: by the Oracle duality Chang Shen / Song of the Star Cradle
Mother of movement and mastery—
Light-maker, bend us around you and cast us out—
Streaming and weightless across the black reaches, so swiftly that
We do not age but are preserved while worlds weep in wonder at our crossing
And wither, as worlds do, under the twin demons Entropy and Time. Let us be Gods
For a moment, dancing across the heavens with bright feet that quicken life while we, all unthinking,
Are already dreaming of faraway planets, unblessed and alone, in need of the grace of our company.
And in those dark and frozen hostels, where we are but a glimmer, may the star memory of the mountains be
Kindled so that they, looking up, tell us the deeds of their foremothers and finally come to rest.
We are a worthy consort, Lady of Matter, and there is no greater gift than this.
Lift us up into your bosom and sear us until we are pure. Fuse with
Us in the heat of Making, and let the storm of that union
Wake the moons of Saturn. You are the foundation,
And we would be your only priest. Oh—
Hallowed Queen, let there be
Credit: ESO/Sergey Stepanenko, some rights reserved
C.S. MacCath's poetry has been nominated twice for the Rhysling Award, and her fiction has received honorable mention in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Scheherazade's Facade, Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness, Murky Depths, Goblin Fruit and other publications. At present, she's working on a science fiction series entitled Petals of the Twenty Thousand Blossom and a collection of speculative fiction and poetry.
Ceallaigh is a vegan, animal rights activist and Linux geek who owns and manages the Triskele Media web development company. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband, where they're both passionate Gàidhlig language learners and members of the local Gàidhlig community. You can find her online at csmaccath.com.