maggie 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

Directions:

Read the poem to yourself quietly several times. Then read it out lout at least 2 times.

  1. What are somethings you noticed about this poem.
  2. Who is the speaker?
  3. Where is the poem set?
  4. What do you think this poem is about?
  5. Of the four girls which one is your favorite? Why?
  6. What do you think this line means: “may came home with a smooth round stone/as small as a world and as large as alone.”
  7. What do you think the poet wants us to learn from this poem?
  8. Add a fifth girl to the poem. Her name must start with “m” and she find something.