The First Shell of Summer

Suzanne McDermott photo

Summer is here!

After decades of picking up shells
from beaches all over, I've pretty much given up the practice. I have enough!

But on this first morning of summer, this whelk presented itself in my walking path. It was meant to be a star!

Happy Summer Solstice!

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.

—E. E. Cummings, 1956


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joshemari said...

Suzanne, te deseo una feliz primavera!!!
Aunque ├║ltimamente no escribo comentarios, sigo maravillado, tu obra.
Me gusta mucho. Lo sabes!!!
Un beso.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Oh... Joshemari! So wonderful to hear from you. (I'm not leaving many comments these days, either. ) I send you my love and good wishes with a warm embrace. XOXO

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