SHADOWS, SHOES, AND A CHILDREN’S POEM

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 30

Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them. This week, I have but two little entries.


Me and my shadow … and my joyous happy-feet red Fit-Flop clogs. The poem has been one of my favorites since I was a very young child. The shoes are rather more recent, but favorites nonetheless.

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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 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.

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 Fit Flops (brand name). Laugh if you like, but these are among the lightest weight, most supportive and comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Whoever it was that recommended them to me? Thank you!!



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11 replies

  1. These flops looked perfect for me, so I looked them up, and found what I generally find…nothing available in my Rose the BigFoot size. 😦 Ahhh well, I will surely find some shoes to wear before winter gets here, right?

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  2. Reblogged this on Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author and commented:
    MY SHADOW by Robert Louis Stevenson
    TIMELESS POETRY: One of my all-time (since a kid) favorites too… So much so, that I taught it to my students and incorporated it into a science lesson on light and shadows! LOVE THIS POST & MUST REBLOG. THANKS, Marilyn Armstrong! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

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    • I have always thought RLS was underrated. Wonderful images. My other favorite is The Swing. I turned it into a little movie as a college project 🙂

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      • Could you revive it? Sounds like an awesome idea and a great project. Might give some of the younger generation, as well as us Boomers, inspiration! 🙂

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        • If I had the slightest idea what had become of it … but it was more than 50 years ago. Lot of water under the bridge since then, a lot of moving around, a lot of houses and apartments and states and countries. But it was a pretty cool little video. I wonder if I could do something like it with current equipment. I’ll think on it.

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  3. One of my all-time (since a kid) favorites too… So much so, that I taught it to my students and incorporated it into a science lesson on light and shadows! LOVE THE MOST & MUST REBLOG. THANKS!

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  4. Wonderfully fun and odd for this week’s odd balls. 🙂

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  5. That was me Marilyn!!! Aren’t they GREAT? Love yours!! And I learned that poem by heart as a child, haven’t thought of it in a million years. Thanks 🙂

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    • Fit Flops are WONDERFUL and well on their way to being my favorite footwear. They are so lightweight and don’t make me stumble like other clogs do.

      That is a great poem … as are so many of RLS’s children’s poems. “A Child’s Garden of Verse” is one of my favorite books. I’ve owned more than a dozen copies over the years. I think I currently have at least three 🙂

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