The osteology of the hand and wrist, from William Cheselden’s Osteographia, or the Anatomy of the Bones (1733)
These twenty-seven bones afford you the greatest dexterity of all known life on Earth. Opposable thumbs grant humans and some other species the ability to better manipulate their surroundings and make complex tools.
Your life was a hypothesis. Those who die old are made of the past. Thinking of them, one thinks of what they have done. Thinking of you, one thinks of what you could have become. You were, and you will remain, made up of possibilities.
― Édouard Levé, Suicide
we all wish to die in the grasp of an intimacy as faithful as pain.
the evening my grandmother died
the sea was a coracle of conch-bearers
i found the mackerel’s wince
a clotted smelt of copper coins
just as it turned salamandrine
coral-lipped; an omen had begun
to scavenge the tinsel of its soot-blue
my mother - astir - as a temple drum