Madison Julius Cawein

(1865-1914 / the United States)

What Little Things! - Poem by Madison Julius Cawein

From 'One Day and Another'

What little things are those
That hold our happiness!
A smile, a glance, a rose
Dropped from her hair or dress;
A word, a look, a touch,-
These are so much, so much.

An air we can't forget;
A sunset's gold that gleams;
A spray of mignonette,
Will fill the soul with dreams
More than all history says,
Or romance of old days.

For of the human heart,
Not brain, is memory;
These things it makes a part
Of its own entity;
The joys, the pains whereof
Are the very food of love.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010



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