Alameda County Fair - Forest Whisperings

Forest Whisperings

This poem won 1st Place in Explore California State Parks at the Alameda County Fair 2019.

Forest Whisperings

The forest,
she is calling me.

It’s been too long since

I’ve wandered

her beautiful winding pathways,

climbed her mountains

just for a gaze of beauty so intense

no poem nor photo does justice,

admired the way the sun dapples

brilliantly through her branches,

soaked in the salty smell of ocean

entangled with fresh pine.

She is calling,

and to her,

I must soon journey,

for within her bosom,

I shall be reunited with myself.

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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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