My Shadow

About: 19. my shadow. stevenson, robert louis. 1913. a child’s garden of verses and underwoods

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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850"1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
19. 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"          5
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.   10
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,   15
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.


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