Lift Off D.L. Lang Blue ribbon Marin County Fair

Lift Off! – Blue Ribbon Winner Marin County Fair

“Lift Off!” won a blue ribbon for First Place in Fair Themed Poetry. “Let the Funshine In!” was the 2017 theme for the Marin County Fair. As I was preparing my entries for county fairs this year, I wrote this poem to capture the magic of attending the fair which celebrates both long held traditions and new technology. County fair season has become one of my favorite yearly experiences. I am grateful to the 2017 Marin County Fair for awarding a blue ribbon to this poem. This year the my first year where I received a blue ribbon at the Marin fair. In fact, I received two, so please, after you read “Lift Off!” check out “The Sixties” as well.


Lift Off!

Mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons
romping around in the sweet summer sun,
gazing at paintings and sculptures that won,
and creating memories for years to come.

Faces erupting in huge, silly grins,
wrapped in the awe of experience,
exploring centuries old traditions,
and trying fascinating new inventions.

Preserving the artistry of yesterday,
quilting and canning is here to stay.
Decked out in ribbons of red and blue
farm animals happily call out to you.

Couples walk the fairgrounds hand in hand,
enjoying the notes flowing from the bandstand.
Fried food fragrance fills the air,
informing your nose that it’s at the fair.

Glowing rides illuminate the midway
as families unite in fun for a day.
Fireworks ignite a summertime sky,
as the Ferris wheel turns, oh, so high.

Kids try their luck at games of chance.
Winning toy prizes sparks a joyful dance.
Folks cheer loudly as the animals race.
There’s something so magic about this place.

Yes, it’s that amazing time of year again,
when you can let the fun shine in!
Why are you just standing there, son?
C’mon! Lift off! The fair has begun!

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 9
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
ASIN: 1548437727
ISBN: 9781548437725

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang's 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.

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About the Book
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang’s 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry. Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays contains a handful of award-winning poems. Please click to read all the award-winning poems. Thank you to the 2017 Alameda County Fair for awarding “Expectations of a Future” a Silver Award. The following poems which appear in this book won awards in creative writing at the 2017 Marin County Fair:
  • “The Sixties”, First Place in Flashback to the 60’s Poetry
  • “Lift Off!”, First Place in Fair Themed Poetry
  • “Street Mouse”, Second Place in Any other Haiku
  • “Sally”, Third Place in My Pet
My deepest gratitude to the judges. A huge thanks to local photographer, Jessica Brown, who shot the cover image for this book! A penguin superhero in a pose of strength with a sign that says “Save the Humans!” Jessica Brown brought this vision to life, shooting the cover photo and author photo with me in costume on a very humid August 3rd, 2017 at the Mare Island Nature Preserve in Vallejo. Excerpt from the foreword:
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is my 9th poetry collection comprised of poems that were written between December 2016 and June 2017. The title came about as I was stopped at a red light. A local restaurant had a sign on the corner that said, “Catfish Today,” so as a way of passing the time I broke down those words and came up with additional phrases that contained a compound word with an animal and a time period.   My aim with this book was to try to largely be uplifting and distracting as an antidote to the often heartbreaking chaos of the world today, so there are intentionally less topical poems than in previous collections. My two personal favorites of this variety are “Where are the Heroes?” and “Affirmations of a Dream” which close out the book. “Cats on Caravan” and “IWWD” refer to my experience of the Women’s March and Strike.   As I was preparing my entries for area fairs this year, I wrote “Lift Off!” describing the experience of the fair. “The Sixties” was written to fit the theme of the Marin County Fair that is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I was not alive in those years, obviously, but tried to write from the perspective of someone who was. It is one period in American history that continues to fascinate me. I’m quite pleased that both were awarded blue ribbons.   I also spent a lot of time reminiscing about my childhood haunt in Enid, Oklahoma, a field down by the railroad tracks that’s now called Oakwood Nature Park, so “Blanton-Kiowa Line” captures the history of that area.  I’ve developed an affinity for train songs, so my husband challenged me to write “Hanukah Train” as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs this past Hanukah. This volume brings the total of my published poems to 918. While it will be the first book released after being named the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, poems written during that tenure will be released in future books. This milestone provides a natural closing point for this book. Thanks for reading!

About the Author
D.L. Lang

D.L. Lang is the current Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She is the author of twelve books, and one spoken word album. She has featured at many events around the bay area, been interviewed on KPFA and KZCT, and her poetry has been anthologized in Light & Shadow, A Poet’s Siddur, and Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol 21. She is the editor of Verses, Voices, & Visions of Vallejo.

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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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