To Get Free – 2015 Solano County Fair Best of Show in Poetry
This poem won 1st place for unpublished poetry and took Best of Show for poetry at the Solano County Fair in 2015. It is now the first poem in my latest book, Poet Loiterer.
To Get Free
C’mon, baby, hit the reset button on your soul.
Do what you love, and not what you’re told.
If you want to get free, you gotta save your own soul.
Fall into the joy. Fall into the flow.
Once you found it, don’t ever let it go.
Let go of those troubles that weigh in your heart.
Ain’t nobody going to hate you for doing your art.
You gotta know what they see just ain’t the same.
You were made to be on fire, just set aflame.
You’ll never fit in to some cookie cutter notion.
Let go of the rules and set yourself in motion.
You got it, and you know that you do, too.
Let yourself believe in everything–woohoo!
There are no limits. It’s all in your head.
It takes a lot of discipline once you get outta bed.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s more fun,” he said.
Look in the mirror, kid. You’re far from dead.
So rise, rise, rise, and fly, fly far away,
far from those who got nothing but garbage to say.
They haven’t a clue just what you can do.
Hey, man, they don’t even really know you.
You’ve been immersed in your path since the day you were born.
You survived, kid, so it’s no time to mourn.
Jump for joy, dance that inner song, and find a way,
just find your own beautiful way to move on.
Poet Loiterer is D.L. Lang's fifth poetry book. This 180 page collection features nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.
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About the Book
Reviews of Poet Loiterer:
“Lang’s themes include wanderlust, love for nature (and especially hiking in the California hills), religious devotion, paying the bills versus living the artist’s life, and transforming from a passive pacifist to an activist. “You gave me lungs, / so that I might breathe peace” expresses forthright praise to God in “What You Created,” and elsewhere, verse expresses delight in Jewish practice: “There’s music and Torah both running through my soul,” she observes–a quirky combination that brings to mind a Jewish Janis Joplin. In the satirical “Doves in Season,” the traditional peace symbol is being hunted. “Fear not the rocking boat,” another poem advises, encouraging readers to question racism, capitalism, and America’s reliance on weapons. There’s “More than one way to be an American,” the poem “Headline Antidote” insists; indeed, this collection imagines a peaceful, joyful future America.” — Kirkus Reviews
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The title Poet Loiterer is a joke between my husband and I, that I am not anyone’s Poet Laureate, but a poet who, as a result of health issues, spends most of her time loitering around town, home, synagogue, doctors’ offices, and when I feel up to it, hiking, lots and lots of hiking!
This book is a pastry, fluffy with a chocolate center. This entire book was written in 2015 in various locations around the Bay Area, which is a first, as my previous books had also contained many old poems that I’d written as a kid. This is all me at age 31/32 with poems created from April – November 2015.
It starts out with “To Get Free” which won Best of Show at the Solano County Fair in 2015. It is a diverse 180 page volume with nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.
The cover photograph of my loitering outside my synagogue was generously donated and was taken on December 4, 2015 by Norm Levin of Natural Portraits and Events.
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About the Author
D.L. Lang is the current Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She is the author of twelve books, and one spoken word album. She has featured at many events around the bay area, been interviewed on KPFA and KZCT, and her poetry has been anthologized in Light & Shadow, A Poet’s Siddur, and Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol 21. She is the editor of Verses, Voices, & Visions of Vallejo.
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D.L. Lang is the current Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She is the author of twelve 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.