Poems from the book Barefoot in the Sanctuary,  Poetry

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.

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 to love
each other and ourselves.




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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