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).
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
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/why-i-love-thee-0