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Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily digital poetry series featuring over 250 new, previously unpublished poems by today's talented poets each year.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

To Theodore

Recorded for Poem-a-Day April 21, 2019. Read by the Academy of American Poets staff.
About this Poem 

“To Theodore” was published in The Path of Dreams (John P. Morton, 1916).

To Theodore

Such are the little memories of you; 
They come and go, return and lie apart 
From all main things of life; yet more than they, 
With noiseless feet, they come and grip the heart. 
Gay laughter leading quick and stormy tears, 
Then smiles again and pulse of flying feet, 
In breathless chase of fleeting gossamers, 
Are memories so dear, so bitter-sweet. 

No more are echoes of your flying feet. 
Hard by, where Pike’s Peak rears its head in state, 
The erstwhile rushing feet, with halting steps, 
For health’s return in Denver watch and wait. 
But love and memories of noiseless tread, 
Where angels hovered once, all shining fair, 
To tuck you in your little trundle bed, 
Kneel nightly now in agony of prayer. 

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on April 21, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on April 21, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.