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My Shadow

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From Child's Garden of Verses

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.
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
AfedDe 08 October 2019

the last stanza is simple. The child is up before the sun, thus there can be no shadow to follow him outside, and so " it stays in bed"

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Troyy 05 June 2019

I am trying to learn about the archetypes, the shadow is one of which. Stevenson talks his very candidly.

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I love this poem very much. My Siamese kitten' name is, of course, SHADOW! !

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kanona 16 January 2019

Cool! ! ! Hi my name is Kana

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Teagan 28 October 2018

Me and my nana love this poem so much. I'm like her little shadow . It's a great poem. For all ages. I love it.

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rjsbleu 22 August 2018

My grandmother, who lived with us, helped me memorize this poem when I was probably 4 or 5 years old. She had taught elocution when she was younger, and helped me with my delivery. I recited this poem at our county fair that year, and won a blue ribbon! I can still remember how I said the lines. Nice memory.

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Cora Place Woodward 08 August 2018

I am now 87 years old. I hadn't thought of that poem for many many years. I couldn't remember all of it but it was down in my brain somewhere. I found your site. Thank you for preserving these jewels.

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happy 30 January 2018

is it old or modern poem

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Larry Schreckengost 13 January 2018

I recited this poem during a parent’s day presentation in kindergarten.

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