Clio Speaks

Image of sheep in Oxford meadow by Holly Ordway
Image of sheep in Oxford meadow by Holly Ordway

Clio Speaks

By Holly Ordway

“History,” she said, “it used to be
A pretty clear-cut thing. The big events –
New cities, wars, the odd disaster, heroes
On adventures – were markers for the years,
And in between, I’d look for further things
To call men’s minds to: harvest time and sowing,
Birdsong in the hedges, children laughing,
The hearth’s history, with deeds both great and small.
But it’s all gone to pieces lately; slipping
Through my fingers, so many grains of sand –
I can’t keep track, the politicians, poets,
Pontiffs, plebs, awhirl in people’s minds.
Well, let them seek me, those who truly care;
The golden thread of meaning is still there.”

*****

Holly is a poet, teacher, and apologist exploring the intersection of literature and faith, reason and imagination. She is the author of the memoir Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms.  

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