"Understand, I am always trying to figure out
what the soul is,
and where hidden,
and what shape-
and so, last week,
when I found on the beach
the ear bone
of a pilot whale that may have died
hundreds of years ago, I thought
maybe I was close
to discovering something-
...I believe I will never quite know.
Though I play at the edges of knowing,
truly I know
our part is not knowing,
but looking, and touching, and loving."
-Mary Oliver, "Bone"