Charlottesville by D.L. Lang

United we stand, together as one,
daughters, mothers, fathers, and sons.
Members of every religion and race,
here in Vallejo, the world’s most diverse place.
In these difficult times we have chosen to embrace.

We stand in solidarity with Charlottesville.
We must as a nation condemn those who kill.
We refuse to condone such great evil.

As most carried about with their weekend,
these souls bravely stood up for what is right,
taking to the streets and risking their lives,
choosing to shine a light
on the darkness our country so often denies.
They chose to stare hatred right in its face.

The ideology of white supremacy
is what caused this tragedy.
It must come to an end.
We must name it. We must change it.
We must learn to live together as friends,
and rise above fear and indifference.

Like our ancestors before us,
we must condemn and be vigilant against Naziism,
a philosophy of exclusion and violence,
that has claimed its most recent victims in Charlottesville.

The road we walk may be a steep hill,
but together, we can make it.
We must and we will.

May peace and justice come soon for all people.
May Lady Liberty’s torch shine ever brighter
on the path our nation is meant to be on,
one of freedom, equality, and democracy
for all of humanity.

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.