Thanks to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, every November 3rd is set aside to celebrate speculative poems and poets. It’s also Laika Day to honor the little mutt dog Russia launched into space in 1957. She was the first animal to orbit earth.
If you’ve ever visited the ‘about’ page at Space and Time magazine, you’ll notice a little illustration (by Kyra Starr) of a mutt dog. That’s Laika, and if you click on it you can find her story. (or find it here)
Laika is a hero, but her story is a sad one to me. If she could have chosen otherwise, I think she would have gladly given up global fame for a forever home on Earth. I would have taken her.
In honor of Laika, homeless pets and International Speculative Poetry Day, here’s a speculative poem about all of it.