I Wish I Could Reverse the Universe: A Poem

 

I Wish I Could Reverse the Universe 1 

 

The damaged live

like royalty in a community

bonded by what isn’t there.

No left leg, no right leg, no hand.

They create music together.

 

The future is fiberglass, carbon fiber, foam,

bonded by flesh-colored epoxy.

 

Independence postponed for decades

– impossible to purchase with money –

has been purchased with tragedy.

 

Echinoderms can regenerate

missing limbs, arms, spines.

Some brittle stars and sea stars can reproduce

by breaking a ray or arm or by deliberately

splitting the body in half so that each

becomes a whole new animal.

 

 

 

1 The title of this poem is a direct quote from Ducarmel Similien. Similien’s four-year-old son Schneily had his leg amputated in the aftermath of the January 2010 Haitian earthquake.
March 2010

 

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About Andrea Nicole

NZ enthusiast in the PNW. Internationally published writer, educator, grammar nerd, genealogist, and all-around storyteller. Recovering homebody. @Whitworth and @WGU alumna. #edchat
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