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Why I Love Thee?

                 Why I love thee?;
     Ask why the seawind wanders,;
Why the shore is aflush with the tide,;
Why the moon through heaven meanders;
Like seafaring ships that ride;
On a sullen, motionless deep;;
      Why the seabirds are fluttering the strand;
       Where the waves sing themselves to sleep;
         And starshine lives in the curves of the sand!;


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on April 20, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“Why I Love Thee?” was self-published in Drifting Flowers of the Sea and Other Poems (1904).


Sadakichi Hartmann

Carl Sadakichi Hartmann, born in the late 1860s in Japan, was a dramatist, fiction writer, and art critic. His poetry collections include Naked Ghosts: Four Poems (Fantasia, 1925), Tanka and Haiku: 14 Japanese Rhythms (G. Bruno, 1915), and My Rubaiyat (Mangan, 1913). He died in November 1944.

Date Published: 1904-01-01

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