The Freedom to Love

I joined the Stonewall Democratic Club of Solano County, marching and dancing across Vallejo for the 4th of July parade. This is the poem it inspired.

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The Freedom to Love

Dancing downtown,
amid a proud parade
of people and partisans,
arising in a righteous rainbow,
a revolution of love
filled these streets for the first time,
this Fourth of July,
declaring freedom from hatred
as bubbles floated in the air
alongside joyful songs,
cheering townsfolk,
and flags waving,
red white blue,
this year
a few more colors, too,
me and you,
feeling a bit more patriotic
when all are included
and free to be truly who
rings true soul deep
like bells of liberty,
stepping three miles closer
to that dream
in a milestone contingent
of ladies and gents
unafraid to love.
May we all be
unwavering in support,
and moving forward,
unafraid,
unafraid to love
each other and ourselves.

 

 

 

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.