"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

As Large As Alone

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With the monsoon finally spent, walks to the beach resume.

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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

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Pictures all taken from the footpath beside Fort Cochin seafront.

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5 responses

  1. “as small as a world and as large as alone” … thank you for sharing your beauty

    December 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm

  2. i love e e cummings, and this poem is beautiful in a tragic sense.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

    • It starts so simply and innocently..
      Then you find it is speaking of much more profound explorations

      December 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

  3. Did you know that they think that the slime on a starfish might contain chemicals that would help to treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases?

    December 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    • No, I didn’t.
      But, now I do, both me and my zimmer frame will be on the beach tonight, sliming up…

      December 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm

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