The Arrow & The Song ~ Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Arrow and the Song

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I shout an arrow into the air,
  It fell to earth, I knew not where;
  For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
  Could not follow it in its flight.

  I breathed a song into the air,
  It fell to earth, I knew not where;
  For who has sight so keen and strong,
  That it can follow the flight of song?

  Long, long afterward, in an oak
  I found the arrow, still unbroke;
  And the song, from beginning to end,
  I found again in the heart of a friend.


Author: Ray Calabrese

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