A Jar of Buttons


This wonderful post by Jason Peters over at FPR reminded me of one of my favorite poems. So I thought I’d take a break from my personal pity party and share it with you all. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


A Jar of Buttons – by Ted Kooser

This is a core sample
from the floor of the Sea of Mending,

a cylinder packed with shells
that over many years

sank through fathoms of shirts –
pearl buttons, blue buttons –

and settled together
beneath waves of perseverance,

an ocean upon which
generations of women set forth,

under the sails of gingham curtains,
and, seated side by side

on decks sometimes salted by tears,
made small but important repairs.

from Delights and Shadows, 2004
Copper Canyon Press

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