Jewish Poems,  Poems from the book Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology

Penguin’s Prayer

Today Lee Lee, Erika, Diana Tenes, Lady D and I went on the Art Beat show on OZCAT for what shall be the first of many poetry radio shows. The next poetry show will be broadcast at 10 AM Pacific on April 5th featuring Benicia Poet Laureate Johanna Ely and several other Benicia Poets. Future shows will be May 3, June 28, and third Thursdays thereafter.

If you are on a computer with Internet Explorer, you can listen to the archive here. The poetry starts about 30 minutes into the broadcast.

I read “Penguin’s Prayer” along with “Headline Antidote.”

Penguin’s Prayer

Over caffeinated insomniacs, dreaming,
dancing prayers, singing prophets,
jiving on java, juice, and Jewish jams.

Surrounded by the soulful symphonies,
shouting their joyful jubilation skyward,
cheerfully chanting holy Hebrew haikus.

Voices unite these moonlighting weekend angels’
ascending rhythms, rhymes, relaxing.

Work week’s woeful ways escaping.
Ecstasy’s entrance in every breath.

Nourished by the notes, a comforting chorus,
the beat of bongos, poetic prayers.

United in friendship—happiness distilled.
Rising thoughts of infinite gratitude.

Pain dare not penetrate these happy holy hangovers.
Holding to these fleeting moments of heaven.

Abundant sparks, shimmering to the surface of our souls.

Reprinted from Abundant Sparks (2013)

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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