D.L. Lang at Solano County Fair

Generation Awake!

In 2015, the Solano County Fair awarded this poem 2nd place in its Published Poetry category. So, for a throwback in the spirit of county fair season, I decided to share.
Generation Awake!

Generation awake!

Open your glazed eyes.


March towards peace.

Work towards love.

Feed your brothers.

Shelter your sisters.


No more bullets raining down.

No more madmen shrieking infamy.

No more pain and confusion.

No more lives died early in vain.


Step away from the screen.

Do you even remember the green?

The chlorophyll in youthful nostrils

Now replaced by formalin soaked suits.


Feet once barefoot chasing nature,

Chase after a different green.

Tell me are you happier?

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D.L. Lang served as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California (2017-2019). She is the author of twelve books, and one spoken word album. Her poems have been published in the Benicia Herald, Jewish Journal, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, 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, the Vallejo Women’s March, Families Belong Together, and International Peace Day. She is also a regular at Poetry by the Bay and lead 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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