queer words
Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  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.



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 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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