maggie and milly and molly and may

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park


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


"maggie and milly and molly and may" was written by e.e. cummings, a 20th-century poet known for his novel use of language and visual form. He is perhaps one of the most approachable of the avant-garde poets, and this poem is one of my 7-year-daughter's favorites just as it was one of mine as a child. We created the animation together using the iOS app Stop Motion Studio. Hope you enjoy!


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“maggie and milly and and molly and may" by e.e. cummings, copyright © 1956, 1984, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust from The Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, Edited by George J. Firmage, Liveright Publishing Corporporation.

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