A palanch a palanch se fann cent franch.
— Milanese proverb. (trans: Cent by cent, you make a dollar. )
You never realise where you are going until you get there,
where nothing is planned, nothing is known,
and you’re drawn back into the heart’s old orbits,
tiny as a grain, massive as a moon.
— Pat Boran, closing lines to “Moon Street,” from The Southern Review: A Special Issue: Contemporary Irish Poetry and Criticism (vol. 31, No. 3, July 1995)