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Poetry Friday: “Maggie and Milly and Molly and May”

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

— e.e. cummings
I’m headed back to the beach today to pick up the daughter I left behind. No, not accidentally. She wanted to stay and help my mom babysit my niece this week. So now I get a bonus trip to the ocean and an extra seven hours on the highway.

It will be good to have her back home. As we were deciding if she should stay — a rather last-minute proposition — we all realized that she’s our best friend. Seriously. She watches movies with her dad. She plays computer games and just plays with her sister. She and I talk and laugh about all sorts of things. How wonderful to have our best friends in our own family.

Today’s Poetry Friday round-up is over at Jama Rattigan’s pad. Stop by and share some verses.


teacherninja said...

It really is great to all be best buds. A friend of ours dropped by the other night to give our daughter something and found the three of us in our jammies playing a board game and laughing our butts off. The friend was jealous.

jama said...

Love cummings! Perfect poem.Nice to read about your ocean fun and family friendships :).

Author Amok said...

I love this poem. Made me wish I was heading to the beach!

Little Willow said...

That is really sweet.

Charlotte said...

The only thing that spoils this poem for me is how sorry I feel for poor old Molly, with her secret self being a "horrible thing." I hope she grows out of it...

teacherninja said...

Oh, and Tag! Your turn...(http://www.teacherninjas.com/2009/07/posts-of-past.html)

Have fun.