Antique maps, with curlicues of ink
As borders, framing what we know, like pages
From a book of travelers’ tales: look,
Here in the margin, tiny ships at sail.
No-nonsense maps from family trips: each state
Traced out in color-coded numbered highways,
A web of roads with labeled city-dots
Punctuating the route and its slow stories.
Now GPS puts me right at the centre,
A Ptolemaic shift in my perspective.
Pinned where I am, right now, somewhere, I turn
And turn to orient myself. I have
Directions calculated, maps at hand:
Hopelessly lost till I look up at last.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Holly Ordway is Professor of English and faculty in the M.A. in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She teachs in the Online MAA program and specialize in cultural and imaginative literary apologetics.
Her forthcoming new book is Imaginative Apologetics, due out in Spring 2017 from Emmaus Road Publishing.
Holly’s academic work focuses on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams; she is the Charles Williams Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies. More details on her academic writings can be found on her “Writing” page.
Holly’s current project is a literary-critical study, Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages, to be published by Kent State University Press. You can get a glimpse of some of her findings (an intriguing connection between Tolkien and William Morris) here.
She is also the author of a memoir, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms.
If you’re interested in having Holly give a talk to your organization, take a look at her speaking schedule and she will be in touch!