Jewish Poems,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays,  Poetry

Hanukkah Train

My husband challenged me to write this poem last year as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs last Hanukkah. It appears in the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays.

Hanukkah Train

This train’s fueled by spirit, not by power nor by might.
Passing through the countryside, she’s shining holy lights.
Nothing can stop her, she’s going all through the night.

She’s an eight car hammer running through the mountains.
Hobos are jumping up just as fast as they can get in.
The last car’s left open, cause it’s meant for them to stay in.

Blessings are sung soulfully as every passenger watches.
The dining car is busily serving up mountains worth of latkes.
Kids are spinning dreidels and unwrapping their new tchotchkes.

One car down you can hear the musicians praying and playing.
Hebrew, English, Yiddish, folks are singing, dancing, swaying.
This car’s so packed with joy, and much more’ll find its way in.

Each car’s glowing brightly, lit by the flames of the menorah.
Loving families gather closely, happily studying the Torah.
There’s plenty of room inside, ‘cause we even saved a seat for ya.

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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