It was truly an honor to be able to share this poem today at Artiszen for the group of visionary, world-changing activists, architects, and environmentalists gathered there for Resilient by Design.
Do you hear that?
Our Mother, she is calling.
She weeps with a broken heart.
She begs for her children to treat her with love.
For her children to act out of gratitude.
Their existence relies upon her.
But only some of her children choose love.
They take her messages to heart,
and they shout them from the rooftops.
Others still heartlessly plunder her house,
her patience, her time, her heart,
leaving it barren.
Her tears flood our streets.
She bathes in a tsunami of sorrow.
She exhales in hurricanes
that cry out, “Wake Up!”
Listen to your Mother Earth.
She is calling.
Do not let her cries go unheard!
Hear her, so that we may turn,
that she may turn,
that we might all be welcome in her home,
in the only home we’ve ever known.
These excesses that we chase
in the name of fame and fortune
will soon come to swallow us,
if we do not turn
a life of simplicity,
a life of sustainability,
that respects all other life.
The solutions are right in front of us.
We hold within us the vision.
All we must do
Resting on my Laurels contains poetry written, performed, and published during D.L. Lang's tenure as the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo in addition to other never before seen poems.
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Resting on my Laurels contains 86 poems including many written, performed, and published during D.L. Lang’s tenure as the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo. It contains such favorites as “Ancestral Honor”, “Millennium Vision”, “Use Elevator to Exit Reality”, “Train Whistle Polka”, “Benicia Bound”, “Love Poetry Capital Blockade”, “Visions,” “Vallejo, California,” “Elegant Stag,” “Little Watercraft,” “Listen!” and many, many more written and performed in 2017-2018.
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Complete list of poems included in this volume:
Dust Storms May Exist
Taking a Trip on the Mother Road
A New Day
What’s in a Hat?
For My Favorite Hobo
Resting on my Laurels
To My Favorite Protest Singer
Terms of Endearment
Rays of Hope
Read the Signs
A Single Heart
There is Always Good News
That which the Realtor cannot Itemize
To the Tenth Generation
My Soul’s Citizenship
The Storm Shall Pass
The Lottery of Birth
I’m Tired of Waking Up in 1933!
In These Times
The Time Has Come
Inevitably of Existence
It Ain’t What it Seems
In Times of Action
What 3 Words?
State of the Poet
The Gallows of Public Opinion
Dreaming of Better Days
What A Gift You Have Given Me!
Use Elevator to Exit Reality
Wrapping It Up
Train Whistle Polka
Love Poetry Capital Blockade
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About the Author
D.L. Lang is a contemporary American poet and spoken word artist. The author of over a dozen poetry books, Lang has been writing poetry for over 25 years. She has performed her poetry on stage hundreds of times at protest rallies, county fairs, literary festivals, open mics, poetry circles, bookstores, libraries, and live radio broadcasts.
From 2017 to 2019 she served as Vallejo, California's Poet Laureate. Her poems have been awarded with numerous county fair ribbons, transformed into songs, used as liturgy for prayer, and to advocate for peace, justice, and a better world.
The scribe of over 1,200 poems from haiku to free verse to masterful rhyme, covering a wide variety of topics, D.L. Lang has poetry that's sure to delight. Lang dabbles in both gritty realism and surrealistic wordplay, sorrowful elegy and uplifting affirmations. Her poetry is a mixture of topical political commentary, religious devotional meditations, and poetic autobiographical memoir. Her words take you on journeys deep into nature, memory, spirituality, and the whisperings of the heart.
She is the author of Tea & Sprockets, Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology, Look Ma! No Hands!, Poet Loiterer, Id Biscuits, Barefoot in the Sanctuary, Armor Against The Dawn, Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays, Resting on My Laurels, The Cafe of Dreams, Midnight Strike, and This Festival of Dreams. She has also released a chapbook compilation entitled Wanderings, a Jewish poetry compilation entitled Paradise Collectors, and her debut spoken word album entitled Happy Accidents, and is the editor of Voices, Verses & Visions of Vallejo.
Her poetry has also been published in the Benicia Herald, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, Poetry Expressed, Frost Meadow Review, and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Poet’s Siddur (Ain’t Got No Press, 2017), Light & Shadow (Benicia Literary Arts, 2018), Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol. 21 (2018), and Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo (2019).
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