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
D.L. Lang
Diana L. Lang is Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She has published nine poetry books under the pen name D.L. Lang, won several awards at area county fairs, and enjoys participating in the spoken word community of Solano County.
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