Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry


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 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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