Vallejo Together

I performed the following poem as part of the Vallejo Poetry Showcase at Unity Day 2018. View the video here.

Vallejo Together

Here in a city of many faiths,

of many peoples 

from many lands

both near and far,

a kaleidoscope of folks,

speaking a tapestry of languages

that ring out in harmony

across our beautiful city,

as strangers become friends,

all together, holding hands,

under a smiling sun,

we come together.

We are forever tethered

by these city streets

from the bridges in the south

to the highways heading north

from the hills in the east

to the waters of the west

we are populated 

by people so sweet,

working together,

playing together,

living together.

Vallejo, together,

sisters and brothers,

fathers and mothers,

older and younger,

artists, students, workers,

singing, dancing,

chatting and laughing…

We join in celebration 

of our beautiful community,

joyous in our unity!

Together, we are Vallejo,

building up our city, together,

with love, unity, and respect.

We sit on the foundations

of past centuries,

growing a brighter future.

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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