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Vallejo, California

Vallejo, California

by D.L. Lang 

Vallejo, she greets you

with promises of opportunity,

where frothy waves kiss the highway,

as the seagulls soar above the bay

admiring her cityscape.


Two blue towers peek above the horizon,

bridging together a city with her island.

The ships still sail down the Napa River,

her waters carrying sacred memories

of the sailors who served so valiantly

against the rising tides of tyranny.


Festivals and parades

shower her citizenry

in the confetti of possibility,

as a city honors its history,

while walking hand in hand

towards a bright future

built by the dreams of her people.


Delighted dwellers dance downtown,

sharing drinks, meals, and dreams,

as strangers quickly turn to friends.


Families and fishermen

wander her waterfront

enjoying the sun’s masterpieces,

while the artists, they gather

to create their own.


A myriad of magical moments

spent crafting in elation,

as others admire their creations,

filling downtown galleries

with the fires of hope and reinvention.


Vallejo, my sweet city,

dear city of opportunity,

may all your dreams arise to infinity,

may you know progress and prosperity,

may your children grow up joyously,

and your homes be as warm

as the way you have welcomed me.

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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