Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

In honor of Robert Louis Stevenson's 160th birthday:

My Shadow

by Rob
ert Louis Stevenson

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 gets 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 beside 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.

~ From A Child's Garden of Verses (1902)

Related Links:

More about: Robert Louis Stevenson
Wikipedia: Robert Louis Stevenson
A complete collection of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems

1 comment:

Discipula said...

I love this! and the pic is perfect. This is one of the first poems I have my children memorize, usually at just about Lauren's age. :)