it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

for whatever we lose like a you or a me its always ourselves we find in the sea

I’d hardly call myself a fan of poetry- the closest I can get to that length of fiction is short stories, and even those I am particular about. That being said, I appreciate it much more when I receive an in-depth analysis or if I know it’s important to someone. I just remember Taylor Swift using the last few lines as a caption of one of her Instagram pictures, and it really resonated with me (deep, I know). Not enough that I have the last couplet memorized, but enough that I’ll think about it.

maggie and milly and molly and may

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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

Andrew McMahon (of Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness) has been a vital part of my adolescence. I have memories of a group of high school girls visiting us then 7th-grade girls, talking about the motivating lyrics of Swim. Personally, my favorite song of Jack’s is Dark Blue, but to each his own. The artwork for his debut album (as AMITW) is one of my favorites’, and the songs are just enveloping and calming (High Dive and Maps for the Getaway nearly make me cry). The photograph from the front of the album is gorgeous, and in my opinion, timeless, and just seemed perfect for this poem. This is kind of a cheat piece since I didn’t take the picture or edit it that much, but I hope it comes across as flattering to whoever took it.

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