That's Far Enough
by Tim Jones
Unexplained force acts to slow Pioneer and other deep-space probes [news]
Like rotifers in a puddle
It's gentle at first
stay within the solar system
but stray too far
nothing unpleasant, you understand
gentle at first
till you slow,
First published in Boat People.
Copyright © 2002, Tim Jones
Tim Jones lives in Wellington, New Zealand. He divides his time between writing, being a husband and father, and content management work. His first collection of fiction, Extreme Weather Events, was published in 2001, and poetry collection Boat People followed in 2002. With Mark Pirie, he is currently editing an anthology of New Zealand science fiction poetry. To find out more about Tim's writing, please visit his website.
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