WHEN WE MUST PART
by
JONATHAN VOS POST (appeared in Amazing Stories Magazine)

Twin moons come up, a cold wind blows, we gulp caffeine at fireside, consult the maps, and then decide; Which one will stay, and which one goes? We have, in just five hundred days, explored this world: we were the first! But then the fuel reserve tank burst... Which one goes, and which one stays? It's like divorce now, I suppose, one gets the crawler and the dome, one gets the orbiter, and home -- Which one will stay, and which one goes? We need not both be castaways; yet wished I could go on with you here where the sky is violet-blue, across plateaus, through sandstorm haze, beneath the unforgiving blaze (the distant stars', the Milky-way's) before this terrible choice arose -- Which one goes, and which one stays? 1335-1505 7 Aug 87

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