Thursday, 7 June 2007


This poem is my contribution to the event "Poems we love as children."It's from one of my very favorite poets: ee cummins and I choose this poem because is about the magic of the sea. As a child, the ocean was the most fascinating thing in this world for me. Water is my element, I am a piscis. And I like to think sometimes that I am mermaid, a tall two legs mermaid, LOL.I am so lucky to say that I have lived almost all of my life very close to the beach so close that the waves can lullaby me and some nights, they kept me awake in my bedroom.

magie and milly and molly and may

ee cummings

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



Sheila said...

I hadn't heard this until a few years ago; it conjures up seaside holidays, and playing on the shore.

Julie Marie said...

I am a fan of e. e. cummings but I had never heard this one. Thank you!

lila said...

Wonderful seaside images! (inspiration for making mermaid dolls!)

mrsnesbitt said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww wow!


Carmen said...

It is my absolutely favorite one!