The Long Earth

by Adam Horovitz

The Long Earth

after the book by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter


If all it took was just a sideways step

to break your shackle to this tired earth,

untangle the strings of quantum physics

and shimmer down the mirror parallel,

find worlds which Darwin could have barely dreamed,

would you not do it? Would you not run?


I'd be off faster than the starting gun

to seek the Long Earth flickering unreamed;

new genera; and what mutations dwell

under different suns. I'd hunt strange musics

courting river banks, mountains and the surf.

If all it took were but a sideways step.


Yet here we stay. There is no interstitial strait,

just dreams; the faith of science. All that we create.

© Adam Horovitz