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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

maggie and milly and molly and may

maggie and milly and molly and may

E. E. Cummings, 1894 - 1962


maggie and milly and molly and may 
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang 
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing 
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) 
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea


Copyright © 1956, 1984, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust 
from The Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings,
Edited by George J. Firmage.
Reprinted by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.
All rights reserved.

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