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Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 250 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year. On weekdays, poems are accompanied by exclusive commentary and audio by the poets. The series highlights classic poems on weekends. Launched in 2006, Poem-a-Day is distributed via email, web, and social media to 500,000+ readers free of charge. The series is curated by twelve poets from across the country who have wide-ranging expertise and editorial perspectives. Learn more about the 2019 guest editors and revisit the 2018 guest editors and the poems they curated. Read more about Tracy K. Smith's approach to curating April

Why I Love Thee?

Recorded for Poem-a-Day April 20, 2019.
About this Poem 

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

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.

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