maggie and milly and molly and may

Rilke, Rumi, cummings, Mary Oliver . . .

So many poems are wonderful teishos.

I’ve been reading poetry to Carys, our four-year old, at bedtime lately.

Rediscovering poems I loved as a child.

Like this one 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 at the sea