I've been thinking about blogs and wondering about the affect of blogs on the people "out there." Just what happens to those words we pen? What might they do to others? I was reminded of the Longfellow poem below:
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.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
I began to have my own "Longfellow" thoughts as regards blogging.
I shot some words out into space
At a fast and furious pace.
They hit some person in some place--
I know not name nor know the face.
Then words came flying back to me,
Some slow, some with alacrity.
No clue had I what would ensue
When I sent out my words to you.
I sing my song, in tune or not,
And find returned another's thought.
A choir singing different parts,
Yet all united through their hearts.
I flex my bow, an arrow fit.
I loose the string then ponder it.
Where is it that my words will go,
Now that I've shot them with my bow?
If you've an answer, please let me know.