Archive for December 29, 2011

Nehalennia

Was I the only one who thought of you,
Nehalennia, on this stormy day
when not only ships were sailing, passing through
but also thoughts drifted, floating away?

Did someone else think about you, and who
you were, guiding ships from our island bay
going across those tempest waters to
shores unknown, uncertain in a way?

I saw you, watching the ships sailing too
from a cloud, on that cold stormy day.

Nehalennia was a Roman Goddess, origine perhaps Celtic or French, who guided ships. She was worshipped in Zeeland, in the South-West of the Netherlands where here altars were found in the sea.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehalenia

Today I noticed a female figure in the centre of the sky in this pic, made by my husband,  and thought of this Goddess.

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