The Origami Universe

by Lorraine Schein

Fold the universe on unseen lines
Along a glistening crease of stars:
The cosmos, crimped along its three dimensions,
Its galaxies and spirals,
By skillful hands
Into a 4-D paper form,
The shape of space-time.

Pull out the hidden moons
Tucked in its corners
To rise, paper-white, over some new planet.

Copyright © 2004, Lorraine Schein

Polar-Ring Galaxy NGC 4650A

Lorraine Schein is a New York poet and writer whose poems have appeared recently in 2001: A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology, Starline, Strange Horizons,Space and Time, The Beltane Papers, and Full Unit Hookup. New work is forthcoming in The Magazine of Speculative Poetry and in the anthology Broken Mirrors. Her stories are included in the anthologies Wild Women and Angel Body and Other Magic for the Soul (Wordcraft of Oregon).

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