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March 12, 2009
What do hospitals do with the body parts removed from people's bodies during surgery or found after a particularly horrifying automobile accident? Are they discarded with as much insouciance and lack of fanfare as freshly clipped hair swept from a salon floor or the contents of one's nose dislodged into a tissue after an ordinary blow?

I imagine severed and amputated limbs wearing still-tied sneakers or still-ticking watches, gall bladders and hearts oozing unneeded bile and blood, carelessly tossed into a large plastic container larger than a trashcan but smaller than a Dumpster.

I imagine them crying and confused. Heartbroken.