Fine China Marin County Fair ribbon
County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn

Fine China

“Fine China” by D.L. Lang won 3rd place in Any other Poetry at the 2017 Marin County Fair. “Fine China” is a metaphor for living life to the fullest, and is one of my favorites of my own poetry. It appears in the 2016 book Armor Against the Dawn. I also won a second place red ribbon in that same category for another poem that appears in that book entitled “Generations.” My sincerest gratitude to the Marin County Fair!

Fine China

Do not place me inside bubble wrap,
for even though I am
intricately, colorfully designed,
made of cool ceramics,

I am filled with hot cocoa,
overflowing with marshmallows
and gobs of cream—
forget your diet!

Destiny is meant to be savored
until the very last drop
and not
preserved like a museum piece,
examined and gawked at
collecting dust
with no use.

No, I’d rather be in a thrift shop,
guaranteed many lives,
possibly cracked,
stained, and worn,
having met many
than preserved,
safe, and knowing none.

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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