A LOVE POEM
By Garrison Keillor
A summer night, and you, and paradise,
So lovely and so full of grace,
Above your head, the universe has hung its lights,
And I reach out my hand to touch your face.
I believe in impulse, in all that is green,
Believe in the foolish vision that comes true,
Believe that all that is essential is unseen,
And for this lifetime I believe in you.
All of the lovers and the love they made:
Nothing that was between them was a mistake.
All that is done for love's sake,
Is not wasted and will never fade.
All who have loved will be forever young and walk in grandeur on a summer night along the avenue.
They live in every song that is sung and every painting of pure light and every Pas De Deux.
O love that shines from every star,
Love reflected in the silver moon;
It is not here, but it's not far.
Not yet, but it will be here soon.
Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac heard on public radio stations across the country. He is the editor of two poetry anthologies, Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times, and the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me, Homegrown Democrat, and the children's book Daddy's Girl. He was born in Anoka, MN, in 1942, and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter. He also has two grandsons. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the Episcopal Church. Garrison Keillor and Robert Altman's film, based on Prairie Home Companion, debuted in 2006.
Translator Bio: Yutian, a late 30-something Chinese-American amature poet. Originally from Zhejiang, China, now residing in the Midwest of USA. He has authored, edited, translated, and published 16 books/charts/bilingual peer-reviewed papers and multimedia A/V productions, mostly within the realm of his study. Lately he has been active participating with various WeChat poetry groups. Some of his poems appeared in various published poetry journals including “The Yangtze River - A Journal of Poetry”, The Poetry World, Wenxuecity, and other Chinese websites.