Poems from Midnight Strike

Summer is in the Air

Alameda County Fair Poetry Day participants
D.L. Lang performing at Alameda County Fair Poetry Day

Summer is in the Air

The sun is out. It’s time to play. 

Come out! Come out! 

Summer’s here today!

The flowers and trees are in full bloom.

Vacation time means there’s more room

for endless hours of rest and relaxation,

or perhaps, a new hobby’s dedication.

From coast to coast the children play,

splashing in swimming pools all the day.

Frolicking down spiraling water slides,

their smiling faces impossible to hide.

Families flock frequently to county fairs,

dining on delicious fried delicacies there.

Brave souls bound aboard the carnival rides,

around and around, upside down they fly!

People lounge around for picnics in parks,

eating vast amounts of ice cream to start

fending off the summertime sweltering heat

with a traditional something so sweet.

Summertime is in the air, 

and you can do whatever you dare!

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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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