Stephen Robertson

Slanting Lines

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“In the beginning the Universe was created.  This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”

—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

In the beginning was the third.

(The first two were duds; the bits

are somewhere back there, along with

all the other long-abandoned projects.)

This one started with an almighty bang

—thought it was going to be a disaster

but then it began rolling out its own

finite but unbounded space-time continuum


There are some lovely spirals down there now.

Let’s have a closer look at this one here,

with a bar across.  Not quite the biggest

of its group, but very beautiful.

What does it look like from the inside?

See that blue-green ball of stuff?

—spinning around one of the hot yellow bits

way out here in the remoter backwaters

of the western spiral arm (which will never be fashionable).

See the slime on it?

Wonder if I can get it to do

anything remotely interesting?