Sunday, 29 June 2008

E. E. Cummings on a sunny day

I would like to dedicate the following post to Deirdre, who encouraged me to blog with kind words....

This poem has meant a lot to me since childhood. I illustrated it a while ago as a gift to someone. The simplistic style is reflective of the poem and the ocean which is allegorical and literal. The painting can be folded into a small card, although I now understand it's on the bedroom wall.

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 lose(like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea

E.E Cummings led an interesting life by some accounts (see his namelink); how do we know the truth unless perhaps you knew him as a friend? What is apparent is that at some point in his life he had strong principles and stood up for them, I admire that...

Merci Deirdre, bisous

1 comment:

Deirdre said...

Thank you so much! Ces't trop gentile!

I love that poem and I appreciate this post so so much. You've made my whole weekend.