Clasp: the a grip of a hand, the energy that folds the bones of a hand into a grasp, and which holds an object caught in its grasp by tension placed on its outer surfaces; the sense is of movement stopped and translated into stillness, without losing any energy but with taking on material form. Such clasps or catches in series form a chain, which is a form of hammered clasp given an artificial hand called, of course, a clasp. When it closes on the link of a chain, it is said to catch. In this way, one hand becomes many, and one palm takes on varied forms.


A chain of meltwater ponds caught in shore ice. Okanagan Lake, Canada.

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