My Shadow

From Child's Garden of Verses

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.

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Comments (25)

I am trying to learn about the archetypes, the shadow is one of which. Stevenson talks his very candidly.
I love this poem very much. My Siamese kitten' name is, of course, SHADOW! !
Cool! ! ! Hi my name is Kana
Me and my nana love this poem so much. I'm like her little shadow . It's a great poem. For all ages. I love it.
My grandmother, who lived with us, helped me memorize this poem when I was probably 4 or 5 years old. She had taught elocution when she was younger, and helped me with my delivery. I recited this poem at our county fair that year, and won a blue ribbon! I can still remember how I said the lines. Nice memory.
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