What Little Things, by Madison 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.