THE BALL AND THE CLUB I SHOT a golf ball into the air ; It fell toward earth, I knew not where; For who hath eye so strong and keen, As to follow the flight of my ball to the green. I lost a club I could not spare. And searched for it most everywhere; For who hath sight so keen and quick As to trace the course of a missing stick. Long, long afterwards, in an oak, I found the golf ball still unbroke; And the club — with a couple of nicks and a bend, I found again in the bag of a friend. Forbes Lindsay, in Lyrics of the Links, 1921
This piece by Forbes Linsay is a rewriting of The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
The Arrow and the Song 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.