Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is my favourite poet. His poems are so lyrical and beautiful. This particular one rings very close to my heart. The song of Nam myoho renge kyo whenever chanted is never wasted ( though sometimes one may feel that kosenrufu is an uphill mission) because like Longfellow's song..... "long, long afterward.....", we may find it again in the heart of a friend.

The Arrow and the Song

by 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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