9/22/08

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

6 comments:

  1. what a precious, precious post! you really should print this up and frame it for gramma, or even for red chief's own wall:)

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  2. Miss L discovered her shadow while we were on our camping trip. She was going around the camp site chasing her shadow. It was pretty cute.

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  3. Cute!! Annalise just looked at Red Chief and said, "Baby!"

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  4. Great pictures! Love the poem.

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  5. I'd forgotten abut that poem. Takes me back hearing my mother recite it. And that's more than a year or two. Thanks for letting me stop by. Great blog.

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