as small as a world

This tattoo belongs to Chealsye.

e.e. cummings is by far my favorite poet, and this my favorite of his work. The line about the stone hit me hard when I first stumbled across this poem in a textbook at 16. Fell in love instantly, but it also pained me. Seriously though, how beautiful is that? “As small as a world and as large as alone” Brilliant too. This world, this physical place that is large enough to inhabit the land, ocean, 7 billion people, countless species of animals, that all pales in comparison to the feeling of being alone. It is such a lovely poem, and spoke to me. We always find what we need. Growing up in Florida, and as a child loving the ocean (not so much in my mid-teen years) definitely adds to it.

Literary Tattoos: maggie and milly and molly and may e.e. cummings

Literary Tattoos: maggie and milly and molly and may 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” by e.e. cummings

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