Shadow Making Time

Sunset

With the end of daylight savings this past Sunday, the sun starts to set around 4:30 PM. The shorter days are a reminder that the year is winding down. Even as darkness falls, we try to seize the light and play during the shadow making time.

My Shadow

~ 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 errant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947). Web link to see poem.

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About Beth

Wife, mother of 2, worker bee - striving to balance roles and continually learn
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