The Sacrifice of Laika’s Breath
By Roy D. Follendore III
Oh how ironic of mankind
to choose the perfect creature of the pack
whose very existence is based on unity,
to abandon in an infinite silence of empty violence.
She was “only” considered as a “stray”
selected by “Science” to be
abandoned by humanity
“modern” man’s sacrifice to the emptiness of space.
Fed like the pet she would never be
and carefully made content so that
she trusted her stewards to launch her
on her fiery one way journey.
I am sure that they petted her once more
and she licked their hand before they closed that door,
before they launched her into eternity
chained to darkness so she could not move nor see.
And oh how she must have screamed
when that great weight pressed flat her head and feet,
only to be betrayed by man once more
by relentless weightlessness, thick air and heat.
In due course her longing to be free gave way
the signals mercifully ebbed her painful sores.
not because of the compassion of man.
for they would have had much more.
And they say that her silver coffin
circled the Earth 2570 times, and not more,
to be burned up in our atmosphere
sometime in 1958 on April 4.
It was only then that Laika
was transformed by our air
which humanity now breathes.
After all, that is only fair.
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