EE Cummings was a radical poet who wrote this little poem during the early 1900's. He often broke the rules of grammar, which can be seen in the title with no capital letters given to the names.
This poem depicts 4 young girls at play on the beach and described what they each find. These objects then take on a larger meaning.
It's a nice little poem with a sing-songy feel to it.
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