Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry


Inspired by the painting “Players” by Marcy Orendorff

Written and performed for the Arts Benicia “Art of a Community” on February 24, 2018


The rest of the world seemed to fade away,
as the room elevated into the heavens.

Upon their melodies they would float,
two soulmates bound by art.
With each gentle note,
her fingers struck chords upon his heart.

As his fingers caressed the ivory keys,
her soul, it felt so free.
They could play endlessly into the night.
Time became a mystery.

It was a love that only artists can know,
singing in a language only hearts understand.
A love that only shows itself between the notes,
translated by skillful, magic hands.

Their spirits were woven together
with every tune that they played.
With each and every strum,
through a song those two became one.

They carried on a great tradition
of players who came before.
Their entire life’s mission
was to make every spirit soar.

Their worries became nothing,
for every moment lost in song.
All those who may happen to listen
were joyous for days and days.

So come, my dear, so you, too, might hear,
what magic such players do play!

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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