Some of you already follow shoreacres aka Linda Leinen and it’s my loss that I didn’t follow her two blogs earlier. I found the post Shadow Play yesterday and Linda has kindly given me permission to re-post it on my blog. The photo of the beautiful blue dasher was taken by Linda.
The photo of the shadowy figure below Linda’s post is one that I took of myself in 2017 and beside it you’ll find links to Linda’s blogs.
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Although written for children, Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem titled “My Shadow” would be nearly as appropriate for this dragonfly. Dragonflies may or may not recite poetry, but they’re able to cast remarkably large shadows.
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.
The above is re-posted from Shadow Play by Linda Leinen dated May 18, 2019.
Linda has two blogs – I found Shadow Play at her photography blog Lagniappe.
The Task at Hand is Linda’s primary blog site: her place for essays, stories and poetry.
Posted by Liz, Exploring Colour (2019)