11/01/2019
Poems from Midnight Strike

Pittsburgh

I read this poem at the Vallejo United Against Hate & Anti-Semitism rally on October 28, 2018.

Pittsburgh

We who pray
words of peace,
words of love,
words of unity,
words of welcoming,
words of kindness,
words of justice…

These words transform our hearts
to take action
in favor of these holy ideals.

Eleven mensches,
were taken from us,
so senseless,
by one who let words
that stoke fear and hatred
transform himself instead.

And so I have no more words.

They only exit as tears.

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D.L. Lang is the current Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California. She is the author of twelve 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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