D.L. Lang Poet Laureate
California Poems,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry


I recited this poem, “Visions,” at the 10.10.17 Vallejo City Council meeting where I was officially proclaimed and appointed the 2017-2019 Vallejo Poet Laureate.

Visions by D.L. Lang

No photo can quite capture

this moment’s true beauty,

for moments, like all people,

were meant to be free.



they fail to pinpoint

just what this place means to me,

for words are but stardust

in this universe full of dreams.


How wonderful to have landed

in this corner of the earth,

where the streets are lined

with stories of history and rebirth.


To your visions

of our metropolis

to what she was, is,

and can still be,



I am grateful

to be a voice among thee,

for together we form a chorus,

praising our beautiful city.

You can view the video here: youtu.be/Ro30pT_7X_0

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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