Friday, August 30, 2013

MY SHADOW - English poem

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 sec.
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 the sometimes shoots up taller like an
                             India-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that
                     There's none of him at all.
One morning, very early, before the
                                 sun I was up,
I rose and found the shining dew
                           on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an
                           arrant sleepyhead.
Had stayed at home behind me and was
                          Fast asleep in bed.

Robert   Lois Stevenson

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