Headline Antidote

“Headline Antidote” is my favorite poem that I have ever written, and is published in the book, Poet Loiterer. It is an attempt to answer the question what can regular folks do in a painful world with so many negative headlines except to be a rebel in favor of goodness. It’s one of my favorites to perform, and I have at many places, including at the Vallejo Man March on March 12, 2016, and the 2nd Rodef Sholom Beit Cafe in December 2015.

“Headline Antidote” also won 5th place in Any Other Poetry at the 2016 Marin County Fair.

Reading Headline Antidote on stage at the Vallejo Man March peace rally.
On stage at the peace rally.

Headline Antidote

Be a rebel for righteousness,
a leader for love,
a troublemaker for the truth,
not a hawk, but a dove!

More than one way to be human,
so many ways to understand.
Join all your hands together,
and march across this land.

Be an agitator for awesome,
a hustler for the heart,
an outcast for open-mindedness,
whatever you do – just start!

More than one way to be an American.
Patriotic pacifists-no weapons in our hands!
Here’s to building better times!
Yes, you know that we can!

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.