Maggie and Milly and Molly and May

Maggie and Milly and Molly and May by E.E. 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 lost (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.

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Maggie and Milly and Molly and May

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