Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010.12.31 "December" by Garrison Keillor

I can’t imagine a more lovely way to end 2010 and prepare to enter 2011 than this beautiful poem by Garrison Keillor. It was posted on his Writers Almanac site, an inspirational way to begin or end each day with a poem and some story of people whose lives have been transformed and who tell it in word. Check it out. Google knows about it and it’s free! With Mr. Keillors’ permission I share his poem with you.

Grab a hand, sing, and walk into the darkness listening for angels.


A little girl is singing for the faithful to come ye
Joyful and triumphant, a song she loves,
And also the partridge in a pear tree
And the golden rings and the turtle doves.
In the dark streets, red lights and green and blue
Where the faithful live, some joyful, some troubled,
Enduring the cold and also the flu,
Taking the garbage out and keeping the sidewalks shoveled.
Not much triumph going on here—and yet
There is much we do not understand.
And my hopes and fears are met
In this small singer holding onto my hand.
Onward we go, faithfully, into the dark
And are there angels hovering overhead? Hark.

Garrison Keillor