1 Running conversation





2 November 2007 0.7

Running conversation

While reeling off the kilometres

in my training run –

of course I don’t run miles

we all have our different styles –

I conversed with my friend the poet

who is, by the way, much at home with miles;

he who loves to grab a thought and grow it

into a festive, loquivacious noisy maze,

with raucous stalls along the way,

that sell wares made by Hellenic weavers of fêtes,

African flintstone cutlery from Olduvai,

and rolled open canvases of forgotten medieval masters.

Trying to find my way,

I have little to say.

At last when my friend seems to run out of steam

my run also comes to an end,

and I have to leave the maze,

home of my friend the Minobard.


Fate as a supernatural power and determination in life is often personified. In Greek mythology there are three Fatal Sisters: Clotho, who wove the threads of life, Lachesis, who measured out the length of the threads, and Atropa, who cut the threads.


by Hilary Thomas

Clotho, a goddess from Greek mythology, is the youngest of the three Fates, but one of the oldest goddesses in Greek mythology. She is a daughter of Zeus and Themis. Each fate has a certain job, whether it be measuring thread, spinning it on a spindle, or cutting the thread at the right length. Clotho is the spinner, and she spins the thread of human life with her distaff. The length of the string will determine how long a certain person’s life will be. She is also known to be the daughter of Night, to indicate the darkness and obscurity of human destiny. No one knows for sure how much power Clotho and her sisters have, however; they often disobey the ruler, Zeus, and other gods. For some reason, the gods seem to obey them, whether because the fates do possess greater power, or as some sources suggest, their existence is part of the order of the Universe, and this the gods cannot disturb.