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My Shadow

My Shadow
by Robert 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 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.

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5 Responses to “My Shadow”

  1. Andrea Hazbun

    Perla,
    ¿es en Hand that Rocks the Cradle de donde sacas esta lista para poemas?


  2. Hola Andrea. Tengo un libro que se llama Favorite Poems Old and New de Helen Ferris, Alli hay muchos poemas infantiles para satisfacer todos los gustos.

    Bye, bye

  3. Carolina Galán

    me parece q te voy a copiar este tb, ha, ha.


  4. Hi Perla,
    Just wanted to stop by and say great job on his oral presentation of the Shadow poem. I remember having to memorize it myself in first grade….and it was so difficult for me. He seems to say it with such ease. Great job Octavio!


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