The Poetry of Injury: Inside Down Syndrome & Kimani

Kimani is a four-year-old girl with Down syndrome and a brain injury. She is visually impaired, wildly impulsive, and very cute. She is unable to express herself with words, and thus I am left to wonder about her…

Always I wonder what she sees, what she knows. Always I wonder who she is on the inside.

If I could paint her brain it would look like this…

poetry of injury

And if I could paint her heart, it would look like this…

poetry of injury

And if I could paint her soul, it would look like this…

And if I could paint a little Kimani inside herself, it would look like this…

poetry of injury

But I did not paint those pictures. It was Kimani who painted herself from the inside out.

Post by The Unknown Contributor. Reprinted with permission.

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  1. says

    TUC, every time I look at this, I think I can figure out what, or how, she did it. And then I look at it again and see how the straight lines split and peel back, or the part that looks like a fist, or the tiny bit of orange emerging at the bottom and I know I don’t have any idea what I’m talking about.

    Good golly. I could look at this all night. I’d be just as amazed six hours from now.

  2. Donna says

    Every time I see this I am speechless. In January it blew me away. And now, again in March. I am looking forward to this book….

    • L. L. Barkat says

      The book is Gillian Marchenko’s. :)

      This post is by another parent, but it is a view into that world, which we feel is powerful and a great introduction to what will be coming from Gillian.

      • Donna says

        Ahhhhh …. gotcha! Looking forward to Gillian’s book. This post… just amazing. Every time I look at the images I notice something else inside.

  3. says

    Somehow I missed this post earlier in the year – seeing it now after following links in LL’s HP article. Kaleidoscope of beauty inside out upside down turns the eyes of my heart.


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