Instructions for Specimen
Arrange the fingers first (she loves them so). Line them largest to smallest, knuckle up, like falling hills. She sees them the most—bent close, locked wide, grasping, pushing, turning about each other, wrapping one scar, posterior, by the left-most vein on hand-back. Second scar, third finger, midway, a pointing white burn. Third scar, second finger, tip of the pad, where it severed, stuck right back on (these should be circled in pen, palms overlapping like they are waiting).
Unbind the kneecaps so the legs are long (tie them up in a knot, if possible). Fan the toes. Make them countable, make them countable by mothers. Post arms like garnishes.
Count inhalations. Keep those lungs running (for effect), there is asthma inside. Hide the chest. Throw out the shoulders, the narrow hips, the belly button hairs. Cremate everything above the neck. Flush the genitals. Make up a name.
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