Sea Poetry


An e.e. cummings poem in honor of summer and the sea:

Maggie And Milly And Molly And May

maggie and millie 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

millie 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.


3 thoughts on “Sea Poetry

  1. One of my very favorite poets! Thank you for sharing it he poem. I’ll have to pull down my e.e.cummings Collected Works and have myself a read!

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