‘The Arrow and the Song’
Henry W. 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.
Longfellow knew that words spoken cannot be unsaid. Just to accuse a person of something can ruin a life. People love a good scandal. And the truth just messes it up! The tongue is a very dangerous thing. A tough bit of work.
In the grocery store they had pig feet, pig ears and pork tongue. The tongue is tough meat. But my mother knew how to cook it so that it was tender and delicious! May we say the tongue should be tender! Words are a bit like that … words can hurt or words can heal.
Word List: Longfellow, afterward, tongue, delicious.