Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.
—Mary Oliver, The Uses of Sorrow
Photo (2021) by Sanguine Woods
JFK: gift from Joe Quinn 09-10-21 Friday
Reverse image: from the cover of The Ballad of Black Tom a 2016 novella by Victor LaValle (Tor)