1911 THE LINE

Track or Cushion

a channel of water flowing out to sea, with the sun reflecting on the water.

‘Look’, my friend exclaimed, ‘if you ever doubted it, now you can see for yourself, the earth is flat, there is the edge over there, a straight line. If the earth was round it wouldn’t be a flat line’.

I was silent, too many answers spinning in my head, trying to pick the one, the definitive one, the one that would give clarity without offence.

‘You see, you know its true, you do’, my friend interrupted the silence, carving acquiescence from the void.

‘And look’, he added, as the dusk illuminated a pale full moon, “the moon is flat too, a flat disc hanging in the sky’.

‘The moon appears flat’, i responded, ‘its an issue of perspective.’ ‘Flat is flat and if there was a man on the moon he’d see that the earth is flat too’, my friend responded, confirming that he was not going to allow logic…

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