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,
“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.
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang's 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.
- “The Sixties”, First Place in Flashback to the 60’s Poetry
- “Lift Off!”, First Place in Fair Themed Poetry
- “Street Mouse”, Second Place in Any other Haiku
- “Sally”, Third Place in My Pet
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is my 9th poetry collection comprised of poems that were written between December 2016 and June 2017. The title came about as I was stopped at a red light. A local restaurant had a sign on the corner that said, “Catfish Today,” so as a way of passing the time I broke down those words and came up with additional phrases that contained a compound word with an animal and a time period. My aim with this book was to try to largely be uplifting and distracting as an antidote to the often heartbreaking chaos of the world today, so there are intentionally less topical poems than in previous collections. My two personal favorites of this variety are “Where are the Heroes?” and “Affirmations of a Dream” which close out the book. “Cats on Caravan” and “IWWD” refer to my experience of the Women’s March and Strike. As I was preparing my entries for area fairs this year, I wrote “Lift Off!” describing the experience of the fair. “The Sixties” was written to fit the theme of the Marin County Fair that is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I was not alive in those years, obviously, but tried to write from the perspective of someone who was. It is one period in American history that continues to fascinate me. I’m quite pleased that both were awarded blue ribbons. I also spent a lot of time reminiscing about my childhood haunt in Enid, Oklahoma, a field down by the railroad tracks that’s now called Oakwood Nature Park, so “Blanton-Kiowa Line” captures the history of that area. I’ve developed an affinity for train songs, so my husband challenged me to write “Hanukah Train” as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs this past Hanukah. This volume brings the total of my published poems to 918. While it will be the first book released after being named the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, poems written during that tenure will be released in future books. This milestone provides a natural closing point for this book. Thanks for reading!