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W. Gregory Stewart is a short story writer and poet whose work has appeared Amazing Stories, Asimov's, Dreams & Nightmares, several Rhysling Anthologies, and dozens of other publications.

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Lilith Does Career Day at the Local Day Care

by W. Gregory Stewart

    the stars provide no guidance
    and a mirror is no more cage
    than convenience

    she will walk among them
    she will choose one of them
    she will return to innocence

    but not tonight
    she has known life
    and she has learned

    something else in time

    she learns
    that she has known life
    but not tonight

    she will return to innocence
    and then she will choose one
    to walk among them

    the mirror is no more a cage
    and frees her hand to guide a wayward star