By Barbara Tober (aka “Zenyatta”)
The Valiant One
Circling, spinning, whirling
endless orbits around Earth
She was the first living being
to blast through the stratosphere
A perfect candidate for space cadet,
smart, willing to learn,
joyful, and most of all, courageous.
Trained in withstanding tremendous g-forces,
how to eat in space and
remain in the self-contained unit.
She passed all her tests.
This space traveler then performed
admirably in the rocket,
completing her mission.
Unfortunately, she received only
a one-way ticket…
Eventually, a monument, a statue
of the loving creature, was
erected in Moscow.
Her name was Laika.
She was a humble dog
and deserved to return
safely to Earth, to live
out her life.
Alas, this darling was the
to the dirty “Science.”
Thinking that they were the true heroes,
the arrogant humans
the true face of God.
© Barbara Tober, February 26, 2016