11/05/2019
In the Dark of the Bay

In the Dark of the Bay

This October we don air masks

instead of Halloween masks.

We miss fresh air

amid the smell of gas and smoke.

Holiday lights are now hallway lights.

We sit radio side by candlelight,

hanging on every word of news,

praying for those in harms way.

Our neighbor’s generator rumbles.

Wind whistles. The house shudders.

Anxiety hums its repetitive tunes.

Our bags are packed just in case.

We don’t know which way the flames will race.

We try to relax the old fashioned way:

reading, writing, and radio.

We long for normalcy,

for a hot meal.

When it’ll come,

the wind only knows.

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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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