Poems from Midnight Strike

Our Celestial Dance

I wrote this poem for Why Poetry? the Joel Fallon Scholarship Fundraiser, and performed it on April 24, 2019 in Benicia, California.

Our Celestial Dance

Art is the sunshine

that nourishes our souls,

breathing wonder into the mundane.

Poetry is our home planet,

birthing a thousand moons

that orbit in a celestial dance,

and we are the stars,

lighting up the universe

one flicker at a time,

collectively burning

messages of hope and awe

into the darkness of midnight

to last for eternity

long after our own light fades.

The full show filmed by Constance Beutel.

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D.L. Lang served as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California (2017-2019). 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, ReformJudaism.org, 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, the Vallejo Women’s March, Families Belong Together, and International Peace Day. She is also a regular at Poetry by the Bay and lead 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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