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Monday, January 24, 2011

PONDER YOUR SHADOW



"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."
From My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

This is an excerpt from my favorite childhood poem. This lovely verse caused me to pay a lot of attention to my shadow. It has been years since I have taken the time to acknowledge my shadow and wonder if you pay any attention to yours. It is always with us in some form. Should such a close associate have it's own name? Do you enjoy the company of your shadow or do you fear your own shadow? Or do you give a flying fig about your shadow?

If you have time, read about this strange shadow person. Is this a case of "paranoia, persecution or alien control"?


This is called blog posting desperation:)

18 comments:

  1. That's one of my favorite poems, too, Annie. I always find shadows fascinating - but that's the first I've read/heard about a shadow being perceived as an entirely different person to the person's own shadow...if that makes any sense! What she has makes me think of a temporary out-of-body experience or something...

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  2. Desperation gets us all now and again. Shadows....hummm...reminds me of the shadow puppet plays that I watched in Indonesia.

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  3. Talon -- It's kind of spooky to think of your shadow hugging you. That Cosmos site was interesting and there were some cool related topics in the side bar.

    Tabor -- I can't remember who it was but some family member or friend could put on the coolest hand shadow shows on the wall when I was a kid.

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  4. Yes, hand shadow shows are the very best use of a shadow.

    They are amusing and inventive and children are fascinated by them and can watch for hours.

    I read about the woman and her shadow problems and haven't got a clue what she is talking about.

    My favorite radio show when I was a kid was "The Shadow" who started his program with 'Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men; The Shadow knows." Lamont Cranston was the Shadow's name.Anybody else remember besides me?

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  5. I have not given much thought to my own shadow, but will definitely do that today. :)

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  6. Yes I've always preferred my shadow to me. When I look at it, I always think "Yes that's what I really want to look like, that's me."

    I love my shadow but not my reflection.

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  7. Nancy -- I was raised on "The Shadow knows" and my dad always said it in a deep, dangerous sounding voice and would add a scary laugh at the end. I don't know if I ever heard the actual radio show. I'm looking forward to your story tomorrow on The Elder Storytelling Place:)

    Lynn -- I especially love my shadow when it is skinny:)

    LL Cool Joe -- Loving a shadow and not a reflection is very interesting insight. I must ponder that as well.

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  8. When I was little I thought the moon was following me all the way home. My shadow, I thought, was the moon disguising itself, pretending it was not following me. Ouch! Paranoia strikes early.

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  9. I totally forgot about that poem! Thank you, that was a nice memory.

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  10. rosaria -- I loved your comment "My shadow, I thought, was the moon disguising itself". That is a pretty deep thought for a child.

    Riot Kitty -- That first verse is what we all remember most but the entire poem is pretty cool. It was in the book A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSE and I should have shown my copy of that book. It was very lovingly handled.

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  11. If you haven't seen it already, search on You Tube for the little girl who is afraid of her shadow. It is priceless.
    My shadow and I are on good terms. One good reason for this is that my shadow is usually a long, thin version of me, and I like that very much! :-)
    Taylor got a kick out of your Dumb & Dumber comment. He's still in contact with those guys, and they are indeed still dumb as stumps.

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  12. I know the poem you wrote about. Have heard it many times.

    Now only the shadow knows - I think it is the side of us we hide.

    sandie♥

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  13. I've found that my shadow is much to large. Not like me at all.

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  14. Thanks for reminding of the cute poem. Haven't seen link today- sounds in comments like a shadow ghost- have read many stories about those. I do shadow puppets- bird, teddy, horse, ect...

    I have very little company in my free time, so I value my shadow, n take tons of shadow pics, waving at me.

    I have a design collection based on a shadow theme somewhere-
    No shadows here today- too cloudy again.

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  15. Come to think of it - it's a while since I saw may shadow. Should I be worried?

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  16. Yes I love my shadow and I remembered a beautifly 'captured' of my family shadows when we were in The Grand Canyon - Arizona :D

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  17. Just read that link, (on fast 'puter) about creating a shadow person by stimulating a part of the brain -- n still think it may be why there are reports of shadow ghosts, an explanation for scitzophrenia perhaps too-
    More snow today, only a foot!

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  18. no, no, no looking at my shadow shows me how much weight I need to loose!! LOL But i just put Alli in my basket on Amazon thanks to you!!!

    120 capsules for $40 (0.35 a pill) is that good? I have no idea...I think Costco or Bj's sells it as well.

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