autumn commercial

I want to sing to the trees      
that do not shed their leaves and that suffer      
the searing summer heat and the cold of winter,      
and to human beings who do not shed their memories      
and who suffer more than those who shed everything.      
But above all, I want to sing a psalm of praise      
to the lovers who stay together for joy, for sorrow and for joy.

Yehuda Amichai, from “Autumn, Love, Commercials,” Open Closed Open (Mariner Books, 2006)