Posted by: Tom Triumph | November 17, 2008

1. The Arrow and the Song: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I first used this one after the space shuttle Columbia disaster. We talked about exploration and risk in living life. I continue to use it for those themes.

The Arrow and the Song
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I shot 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.

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