County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Poet Loiterer,  Poetry


Thank you, Marin County Fair for awarding this poem 2nd place in Fair Themed Poetry!




I spent hours hiking to renew my soul,

seeking freedom from traffic jams.

Tonight I did not perform,

but I don’t feel forlorn.


I wandered the county fair,

rode the wheel up in the air

as a microcosm of America

in Spanish and English, smiling

at each other—what fun!


Flying high in a gondola,

in the sweet summer sun.

Viewing the pathways to joy,

admiring local art awards,

hiding from the scorching heat,

I saw the sign of my future

on a passing shirt.


It said: “No mistakes. Just happy accidents!”

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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