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



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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