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 (22)

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.
I am now 87 years old. I hadn't thought of that poem for many many years. I couldn't remember all of it but it was down in my brain somewhere. I found your site. Thank you for preserving these jewels.
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is it old or modern poem
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