Souls Aflame #wearorange

I joined a group of about 20 menschy folks from my synagogue as part of the #wearorange march across the Golden Gate Bridge, protesting against gun violence. This is the poem that it inspired.

D.L. Lang wearing orange

Souls Aflame

It is good to march.
To keep your spirit charged.
And so here we are.
We pursuers of peace
with our souls on fire
for the kinder world we desire.

A sea of orange drifting
across our Golden Gate
unified marching
against violence and hate.

A passionate parade of protesting people
gliding across the bay
galvanized against
the glorification of guns.

Chanting clad in electric orange
men, women and children
who fight and who mourn
for those lost too soon
to this culture of death.

We spring into action
in their memory.
We are the voices longing to be free
to live in a world of peace.

No longer shall we remain silent
when it comes to the tragedy
of gun violence.

Surrounded by moms and mensches,
igniting our souls,
raising our consciousness
towards holy goals.

Bicycles and tourists we dodge.
10,000 holy steps towards a good cause.
Returning the greetings of friendly cars
whose horns ring out as if to say,
“May your message go far
and may change come today.”

Five golden miles
across county lines
we flowed with peaceful smiles,
praying for change
with every step.

We march through the fog and cold,
declaring a single life is superior to all the gold
cashed in from all the guns ever sold.

The bridge is ignited
fluorescent by our collective light
urging our government to do what is right,
as we refuse to give up the fight
for a better world.

Marching towards that day
when a weapon is no longer what humanity needs
and we shall all live in peace.
Soon. God willing. Soon.

Until that day good hearts
must step up to lead
this nation to be sensible about guns
instead of giving in to fear and greed.

Barefoot in the Sanctuary

Barefoot in the Sanctuary

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 7
Genre: Poetry
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Format: Paperback
Length: 180 pages
ASIN: B0797QRNML
ISBN: 9781536820263

Barefoot in the Sanctuary is a volume of poetry inspired by long hikes out in the wilderness, spiritual experiences with my synagogue community, and artistic absorption of the tumultuous times we live in. It is D.L. Lang's 7th poetry book.

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About the Book
Barefoot in the Sanctuary is a volume of poetry inspired by long hikes out in the wilderness, spiritual experiences with my synagogue community, and artistic absorption of the tumultuous times we live in. It is D.L. Lang’s 7th poetry book. You can read poems featured in this book on the poetry blog. Excerpt from the foreword:
These poems were written November 2015 – September 2016 with the exception of “Walking with the Sun Across the Gate” which was written in 2015 around the time of Look Ma! No Hands! and neglected to make it into that book. They are an amalgam of surreal exaggeration, reality, and outright fiction. Some are inspired by actual people and experiences, and some are a hybrid of many people, many experiences, or just my wild imagination set loose without judgment. A great majority of these poems were graciously rejected by prestigious literary journals and publishers, setting them free for me to publish them.
    Complete list of poems within this volume: Shalom Convert Shalom, Haver! Barefoot in the Sanctuary Here, it is Good Interconnected Becoming Never Asking Why Dreamer Be The Valley of the Moon The Wilderness of Humanity Chapel Park Out in the Canyon Sometimes Time Peace Times A Million It’s Time Divine Timing Musical Revolutions in Time Travel Buying Time red-headed lions Apples of the Earth Resist the Dark No Matter the Weather What Travelers See Walking with the Sun across the Gate Eating Clouds in Golden Gate Park Gazing West, Thinking East Magicians with Music Boxes Juggling 18 After Ancient Grounds, New Sounds Nocturnal Songsters When Joy Ride Injury and Recovery Planetary Treasures Remembering Perched on the Peaks of Awe The Feels Perforated Expecting Permission to Feel Meditation for Poets Hopeful Eyes Bear Valley What We Chase The Practicality of Fools Guilt Association, Inc. Happy Silverstein Jazz and Freedom Waffles Reconnect Freedom is Burning Gems of the Mind Mt. Tambourine Dream Chaser Reflections Opening Do You Long? Own Your Only Self All Right, All Right, Go Left, Go West Living in the Lines Anniversaries Falling Up A Door to Freedom A Minor Miracle New Haunt, Old Slang Bratwurst Starburst Universe Circles of Rhyme And Do I Dare? Don’t Forget to Live Symphony of Joy Genealogy is a Trip. Take It. Only Through Love Legacies of Thought Only Acting as Angels No Flowers Some Place Mountain Poet There is a Harshness Stacked The Ever Present Dark Essence Rewind When You Miss Someone Know Nothing 1989 8/11 Papers Souls Aflame Bernie in Sacramento Bernie on the Waterfront Because It’s Bernie Blackout PB Poem Enough Breathe The Freedom to Love Rebel, Know Thyself To Do List Widen the Tent What’ll Be Left, My Kin? No End Fear Lies, You Rise Humanity and History Repetition Mind Parachute Step Off the Wheel Election Day The Creep Holy Wars Awakened What’s It For? When the World has a Flat Unnatural Selection / Do you Feel a Draft? Bring the Heart Back Into the Heartland You Are Not Above Open the Blinds I’m Tired America
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About the Author
D.L. Lang

D.L. Lang is a contemporary American poet and spoken word artist. The author of over a dozen poetry books, Lang has been writing poetry for over 25 years. She has performed her poetry on stage hundreds of times at protest rallies, county fairs, literary festivals, open mics, poetry circles, bookstores, libraries, and live radio broadcasts.

From 2017 to 2019 she served as Vallejo, California's Poet Laureate. Her poems have been awarded with numerous county fair ribbons, transformed into songs, used as liturgy for prayer, and to advocate for peace, justice, and a better world.

The scribe of over 1,200 poems from haiku to free verse to masterful rhyme, covering a wide variety of topics, D.L. Lang has poetry that's sure to delight. Lang dabbles in both gritty realism and surrealistic wordplay, sorrowful elegy and uplifting affirmations. Her poetry is a mixture of topical political commentary, religious devotional meditations, and poetic autobiographical memoir. Her words take you on journeys deep into nature, memory, spirituality, and the whisperings of the heart.

She is the author of Tea & Sprockets, Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology, Look Ma! No Hands!, Poet Loiterer, Id Biscuits, Barefoot in the Sanctuary, Armor Against The Dawn, Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays, Resting on My Laurels, The Cafe of Dreams, Midnight Strike, and This Festival of Dreams. She has also released a chapbook compilation entitled Wanderings, a Jewish poetry compilation entitled Paradise Collectors, and her debut spoken word album entitled Happy Accidents, and is the editor of Voices, Verses & Visions of Vallejo.

Her poetry has also been published in the Benicia Herald, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, Poetry Expressed, Frost Meadow Review, and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Poet’s Siddur (Ain’t Got No Press, 2017), Light & Shadow (Benicia Literary Arts, 2018), Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol. 21 (2018), and Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo (2019).

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Hi! Enjoying what you’re reading? Please consider buying a book, or using the donation button on the sidebar. Poets aren’t always compensated for our performances and efforts, and doing so would help out greatly and ensure this website stays around for years to come.
All of my gigs have been cancelled until further notice. Please stay safe everyone. If you would like to support me at this time, please consider buying one of my books from your favorite online retailer.

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