“Nothing, not even the fate of one small button, turns out as planned.”

Rupert Essinger, Snowed in road sign (2016)

That is,
nothing, not even the fate
of one small
button, turns out as planned.

–Sue Owen, “A Basket of Buttons” (excerpt) from The Book of Winter (Ohio State University Press, 1989)

I’ve been wrong
I had plans so big…

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