Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Shadow—like an india-rubber ball

I am aware the verses you're about to read are for children, but I discovered this dopey little poem while reading about Robert Louis Stevenson. The entire A Child's Garden of Verses is available at Project Gutenberg. I took this photo a couple of weeks ago at the lake house when the sun was slipping.

My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Robert Louis Stevenson
A Child's Garden of Verses


dive said...

My, you look so elegant, Robyn.

lynn said...

Ooooh I've forgotten to photograph shadows for too long!

You look gorgeous Robyn. What a fab shot, I just adore it. The poem came in second. lol!