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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This poem won 1st place for unpublished poetry and took Best of Show for poetry at the Solano County Fair in 2015.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.

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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