Ignite

   Poetry

I had a lovely evening at the Vallejo JFK Library listening to featured poets Poetic Old Soul, Andrew Demcak, and Vanessa Rochelle Lewis. I also read a love poem written specifically for the Queer Words Vallejo event entitled “Ignite” which is posted below.

You can find out about future literary events organized by Wayne Goodman and Rick May at: www.facebook.com/queerwordsreadings/

The Times Herald also did an article which you can read here: www.timesheraldonline.com/article/NH/20171008/NEWS/171009844

 

Vallejo Poet Laureate
The first time I’ve ever had my photo in the paper as a poet.

 

Ignite

Loving one another
is a most natural act.
There is no greater high
than falling in love.
No greater aspiration
than to be in relationship
with one another.

Our culture often teaches
that there is only one way to love,
when love is truly infinite,
so infinite that those four letters
barely even begin to describe its meaning.

Love cannot be trapped within
four letters,
boxed into one narrow definition,
nor confined to a narrow set of actions.

If there is one thing that our world
needs in these times,
it is more acts that are powered by love.

To be affectionate towards all humanity
may just be the cure for the insanity
brought about by the loneliness
of our fast-paced, modern world.

So love who you love,
be they man, woman,
or any combination thereof
and most of all love yourself,
be yourself,
your true self.

Be proud of who you are!
Stand unafraid against those who would shame you,
for you only have this one life
that we know for certain,
and you are meant to live it to the fullest.

It is far worse to live a life
that is not your own,
to live out your days
never having known
the freedom and bliss
that authenticity can bring.

So ignite your inner light,
burn it up so bright
that the full spectrum
of this rainbow of humanity
illuminates our earth
with its beauty,
and love is all that remains.

Written for Queer Words Vallejo at JFK Library 11.01.2017

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
Diana L. Lang is Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She has published nine poetry books under the pen name D.L. Lang, won several awards at area county fairs, and enjoys participating in the spoken word community of Solano County.
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