Yuta Onoda
Why Are Your Poems So Dark? by Linda Pastan
Isn’t the moon dark too,   
most of the time?   
And doesn’t the white page   
seem unfinished   
without the dark stain   
of alphabets?   
When God demanded light,   
he didn’t banish darkness.   
Instead he invented   
ebony and crows   
and that small mole   
on your left cheekbone.   
Or did you mean to ask   
“Why are you sad so often?”   
Ask the moon.   
Ask what it has witnessed.
More art by Yuta Onoda here.
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