This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussion with dialecticdreamer about her character Aidan. It also fills the "Wild Card: Daily Rituals" square in my 6-1-14 card for the genprompt_bingo fest. It has been selected in an audience poll for the general fund. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.
The following is a morning/evening prayer that Aidan uses, from his childhood, which is thousands of years ago. It's bilingual in a version of Proto-Indo-European and English. The cool thing about PIE is that it's primarily a set of word bones with a few grammatical guesses. So if you want to extrapolate what a historic tribe might have been speaking, you can pick and choose among the variables until you get something you like. Several linguists have done this for our world; listen to an example here. (I can actually parse words out of that.) Here's one for Terramagne.
"Pætair Sowel, Mater Mehin"
Tu dieuel sho dein apos mem.
Heg dehet guret ro tuer aios kue weiden.
Uel kue kæpan ro mem hen tuer mæner.
Tu werig sheh nokus meheb mem.
Heg dehet guret ro tuer skeith kue kuweien.
Uel kue kæpan ro mem hen tuer kerter.
* * *
"Father Sun, Mother Moon"
You shine this day before me.
I give thanks for your light and guidance.
Bless and keep me in your hand.
You close this night around me.
I give thanks for your shade and comfort.
Bless and keep me in your heart.
* * *
Proto-Indo-European spread throughout much of Eurasia thousands of years ago. Here is a partial Swadesh List for it. You can play with it yourself.
Here are some of the bits that I used above ...
father -- *átta, *ph₂tḗr
day -- *h₂eǵh-, *dei-n-
Bless -- From Middle English blessen, from Old English blētsian, blēdsian (“to consecrate(with blood)”), from Proto-Germanic *blōþisōną (“to sprinkle, mark or hallow with blood”), from *blōþą (“blood”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlo-to- (“to gush, spurt”).
hand -- *ǵʰés-ro-, *mar-, *man-
hand -- mə-r, genitive mə-n-és, mn̥tós IE
* * *
mother -- *méh₂tēr
Some variant of this, by the way, is probably the oldest word in the world by sheer statistical probability. When babies babble, they start with the easiest sounds, most often something like "mamama," and that's why most human languages have a word for "female parent" that sounds something like that.
around, at both sides -- ambhi, m̥bhi IE ebhi?
to shine/shimmer dully; shadow -- sk̑āi-, sk̑əi- : sk̑ī- IE 4. kāi-d-
shade, shadow, darkness -- skot- IE
to rest comfortably; quiet, peaceful, tranquil -- ku̯ei̯ə-, ku̯ii̯ē- IE
heart -- *ḱḗr (genitive *ḱr̥dés)