Friday, August 20, 2010

Recitation of Poem - My Shadow by R L Stevenson

I am preparing for the 5th standard English poetry recitation competition. I am planning to select few poems and finalise one in coming weeks.My Sharow by Stevenson is a beautiful little poem.

My Shadow
Written 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 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.
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,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed


liese said...

I was happy to find Robert Louis Stevenson's poem MY SHADOW here as it was a fave of mine in elementary school in Montreal.

Alita said...

thanks Liese