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poets I’m reading: Linda Pastan


Why are your poems so dark? – 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.


from: Queen of a Rainy Country by Linda Pastan, W W Norton & Company. 2006.