Come to the edge

earth-below-tereza-stehlikova.jpgEarth Below by Tereza Stehlíková

Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It’s too high!
And they came,
and we pushed,
and they flew.

Christopher Logue, 1968

‘Now they are speaking of telescopes of many metres, and of platforms in space.’
‘It might be a way of discarding the earth, out of pique.’
‘Because we couldn’t make it work you mean?’
‘Because it was too good and great for us.’

Shirley Hazzard, from The Transit of Venus