look ma no hands
California Poems,  Poems from the book Look Ma No Hands,  Poetry

Parked on the Bay

Parked on the Bay

We found the best parking spot in the universe.
on the edge of the bay in Berkeley.
The sunlight glistens across the waters
as the sailboats proclaim freedom.

The rush of the city is visible in the distance,
and we are directly across from the Golden Gate,
viewing the chain links that tie this broad community:

From the city of my dreams,
to the city of my Jewish soul,
to the beaches of my inner explorer,
to the epic Mecca of hippiedom,
to the city of protests,
to the city where I occupied,
to the city of opportunity,
to the wine fields and the growing grass,
to the happy cows and hippie souls.

I see you all from this place,
hearing the train whistles of my past,
and the oceans in my future.

San Francisco,
where even the graffiti is friendly,
where the few billboards you see
are messages of positivity.

This poem was published as a part of Look Ma! No Hands! If you dig it, please support the author, and grab a copy!

D.L. Lang is the current Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She is the author of ten books, and one spoken word album. Her poems have been published in the Benicia Herald, Jewish Journal, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, the Benicia First Tuesday Poets anthology Light & Shadow, and in A Poet’s Siddur: Friday Evening Liturgy through the Eyes of Poets. Lang has been a featured act at several events including the Vallejo Man March, Unity Day, Solidarity with Charlottesville, and International Peace Day. She is also a regular at Poetry by the Bay and leads the Poetry in Notion poetry circle. She has won ribbons and rosettes at the Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, and Solano County Fairs. Her poems have been transformed into songs, liturgy, and used as a means to advocate for causes.

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