You are writing in a weblog.
You do not know how many people actually read it.
You keep looking in the visitor’s counter, and see some hundred people hit the pages on a normal shiny day.

Only few of them actually click on ‘Continue Reading’ links and only a fraction of them write something back to you.

You tend to make phone calls to your friends and ask them to read your website and give a feedback. You wait for a few days and check your comments, but still there are no new comments.

You start to wonder whether you are really writing something interesting, or anything you write is going above the reader’s head.
Then you stumble upon this poem on the Internet and decide to keep writing even though you do not receive an immediate response.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes on his poem

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.

Good Luck !
(note : Sometimes you receive a late response too)

13 Responses to “The Arrow and the Song”

  1. Good one..simple and strong….
    Grade A stuff..

  2. Sarav says:

    🙂 Very nice poem with nicely ‘Expressed Thoughts’!!

  3. Mist says:

    Nice and encouraging one…

    That poem is a good pick… meaningful one

    It reminds me of this quote about friendship…

    “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

  4. Sadish says:

    Thanks Raj, Sarav and Mist,

    Its a nice poem indeed, and i know it will touch at least some souls and make them write 🙂

  5. you have touched one more soul!!
    wordpress ப்ளாக் ஒண்ணு புதுசா ஆரம்பிச்சேன்; template தேடினேன்..கவுண்டரும், க்ளாக்கும் சேக்கறதுக்கு..ஆனா, நீங்கதான் அகப்ப்ட்டேங்க. அதான் “சும்மா” (!) பாத்துட்டு, hello சொல்லலாம்னு நினச்சேன்..பிடிச்சா என் ‘வீட்டுக்கு’ வாங்க

    சொல்ல மறந்திட்டேனே…உங்க ப்ளாக்தான் நான் எடுத்டிருக்கேன். நல்லா இருக்கு


  6. கீதா says:


    எனக்கு உடனே இந்த குரல் ((என் குரல்தாங்க) சொல்லணும்னு தோணிச்சு

    “ப்ளோகிட்டு வாழ்வாரே வாழ்வார் மற்றரையர்
    கமெண்ட் தேடி சாவார்”

    சும்ம விளையாட்டுக்கு தாங்க. திருக்குரளுக்கும் இதுக்கும் எந்த சம்பந்தமும் இல்லின்கோ. 🙂

  7. says:

    actually ,I’m searching for the analysis of this poem ,so I’ll be very gald if any one of u could give me some useful suggestion

  8. annur.hanna says:

    actually, i’m doing an analysis of this poem too,like vivian wang,i’m really hope any one can give me the theme,plot,metaphor…of this poem…

  9. barky says:

    a very beautiful poem that is the soul of or music

  10. Dr. Ephraim T. Echano,Phd says:

    An arrow’s meaning depends upon the intention of the shooter. It can mean accomplishing something beneficial to the shooter, or it can mean to inflict harm to something or to somebody; but in the poem the shooter’s intention was to harm nobody. And when it was found unbroken in an oak tree, it means nobody got hurt except the oak tree. However, an arrow, like a gossip, can hit and harm somebody through of the carelessness or thoughtlessness of the shooter, resulting into misunderstandings and hurt feelings, thereby creating enemies.

    A song is a usually a composition of comforting words that are pleasant to anybody hearing it and usually it is an expression of love or admiration or respect for somebody, and when that somebody reacts to it, that somebody’s response is an expression of appreciation that will result into mutual love and respect for each other. In the poem, the song was found in the heart of a friend.

  11. Dave LaFratta says:

    for what it is worth………..what the poem “The Arrow and the Song” means to me.

    The arrow means to me the anger and harsh words we send out into the world….nobody other soul wants to accept these…so it was found later.

    The song is the unique beauty of what we are personally…our essence, our belief systems, etc………….and it is not accepted or heard by all…but it is heard by someone who is in tune with that song…a friend…because the harmony is mutual.

  12. I have loved this poem since I was in high school (14 YRS AGO). And the lessons are still in my nerve. That is being careful in every word to say which might be an arrow to others, words that cannot be repair. Or always try to appreciate or give good word to others (song).

  13. vinoix says:

    this poem could reflect our attitudes…

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