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Flyaway Festival Bird Poems


I read both of these poems at the Flyaway Festival on Mare Island on February 11, 2018.

Spring in the City

Above the rush
of the highway,
I hear them singing—
nestled in trees,

The birds have returned
from journeys afar,
carrying melodies,

“It is spring.
It is spring.

Won’t you join in?

Leave your houses
and just sing.”


Birds in Harmony

The two feathery dancers
were soaring in the wild winds,
as birds from every continent
intermingled with the stars.

The air swirled with excitement
for the concert was about to begin.
Every creature for miles
could not wait to listen in.

The parrots came forth to the front,
announcing the start of the show,
in every language of the world
that they happened to know.

Soon the skies were a bloom with music
as the birds held their springtime show,
singing about their many journeys
from the mountains to the sea.

In the houses and grassy fields below,
all the critters gathered to listen in,
and many minds were left dreaming
of travel, dazzled by the lyrics, you know.

Every song that they whistled
honored a world so wide and free,
each note a taste of paradise,
for anyone who did hear.

They sang of tall fruit orchards,
ocean waters, and city parks.
They sang ever so soulfully,
until the sunset faded into dark.

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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