Competition Nine Highly Commended: In the Dinosaur Museum, the Bones are Exposed

The bones are mostly scarred and ancient-beige, not science-white, like in the books I used to read with Ma. The signs say, ‘do not touch the displays.’ I want to touch them, to pull out the sharp wires holding the vertebrae together and breathe long breaths into the hollow, empty bone-spaces. I want to give …

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