The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #1990152
Posted By: Rapparee
07-Mar-07 - 09:52 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
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, and it's him who wets the 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 doggone drunk I can't find 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 like to stick to Kathy, tho', like 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 I found him later, dead.

            --Robert Louis Svensen, "A Child's Garden of Manure"
             (Mayo, YT: Friz Press Press), 1813