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MURRAY COUNTY POETRY

Poems by Murray Poets and Poems About Murray County
THE ARROWHEAD
by
John Homer Luffman
1910-1987


I FOUND A FLINTY, GLIST'NING ARROWHEAD
IMBEDDED IN A HILL IN TENNESSEE.
DID SOME BRAVE WARRIOR, NOW AMONG THE DEAD
DEFEND HIS LAND - LAND OF THE CHEROKEE?
WAS IT INTENDED FOR AN UNKNOWN FOE
OR MEAT WITH WHICH TO FEED A HUNGRY CLAN?
AND DID IT HIT THE MARK OR DID IT GO
AMISS, CONTRARY TO THE MARKSMAN'S PLAN?
HOW LONG WAS THIS BEFORE THE TRAIL OF TEARS,
WHEN NATIVE SONS WERE FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR LAND.
NO ANSWERS FELL UPON MY LIST'NING EARS
FROM THIS SMALL THING I HELD WITHIN MY HAND.
IT COULDN'T SPEAK AND I WILL NEVER KNOW
ALTHOUGH, IT IS A FACT, I WONDER STILL
WHO AIMED THE ARROW ONCE SO LONG AGO
I FOUND IMBEDDED IN THE RED CLAY HILL.


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