(Editor’s note: Laika was a Soviet space dog who was the first animal to orbit the Earth and unfortunately, met a sad fate. For more on Laika, visit her wikipedia page.)
4 a.m., went out under the winter moon
to gather firewood.
I looked up into the frigid dark
and I thought of you, Laika.
I was in my eighth year
when they sent you up,
with 7 days of oxygen
and one meal.
They grabbed you off the streets easily,
for you were gentle and trusting.
Mankind’s best friend, the irony!
I am looking for you still
drift through infinity
this frozen night.
– Burt Baldwin, Ignacio