This Autumn Wind by Maija Haavisto

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Narrated by Maija Haavisto

I know you hate me
and yes, I know I’m the worst mom ever
and you’ll never forgive me
I know you’d like to send him for repairs
but sweetheart, humans can’t be repaired
we’ve talked this through
it would be nice if they were forever
but sometimes it’s good for you
to learn to let. . .
honey, can you please stop kicking me?

when bios turn off, they go to heaven
and you can wave to him there
we can get a new one
I know it’s not the same
it’s sad how they don’t live for very long
but Jimmy gave you unconditional love
and he had a good life
you’ll always have the memories
and we’ll get you ice cream
yes, they’ll give Jimmy ice cream too
you don’t have to worry
I’m sure there is
chocolate ice cream in heaven

nah, mom’s not crying
it’s just this autumn wind
why do you ask, honey?

BIO: Maija Haavisto has had 17 books published in Finnish, including the poetry collections Raskas vesi (Aviador 2018) and Hopeatee (Oppian 2020) and the scifi novel Adeno (Osuuskumma 2016). Her speculative poetry has also appeared or is forthcoming in Usva, Lumooja, Eye to the Telescope, Shoreline of Infinity, Cosmospen, American Diversity Report and Utopia Science Fiction.