Dogs have dreams of Laika, her free soul,
her spaced heartbeat that radioed, "We're lost!"
Dogs twitch their feet.
We tell some point in space, "It's for the best,
and Laika volunteered—she wagged her tail."
We twitch our feet.
—William Stafford, 1958
Used by permission of The Estate of William Stafford.
Home page image: "Wegbereiter Ikarus," print, woodblock on paper, by Wilhelm Geissler, 1966. (Courtesy NASM)