Dreaming of Better Days

Dreaming of better days

Ekphrastic poetry inspired by Kathy Oja’s painting “Dreaming of Better Days.”

Dreaming of Better Days

On the day her true love came to stay,
it was just like any other spring day.
The flowers bloomed in their rainbow,
as the birds put on a choral show.

On her way to school down many a road,
as her shoes kissed cobblestone streets,
she came upon a young boy so sweet,
who offered to carry her heavy load.

He used to bring her flowers so very bright.
They’d stay up chatting all through the night.
As they grew from boy to man and girl to lady,
they spent many years walking in cadence.

They held hands and soon joined with a ring,
until one day his voice ceased to sing.
Now she’s left dreaming of better days,
praying their souls could meet again some way.

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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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.