poems from Poet Loiterer

Penguin Season Blues

Penguin Season Blues

Ah, winter, you snuck up upon me, and I am not too thrilled.
I'm sitting under a blanket fort and feeling rather chilled.
I'm having to remember to launder all my sweaters,
because you took me by surprise with your icy weather.

Seven layers of clothing--it just doesn't seem enough.
I'm sitting here feeling frozen like I'm merely in the buff.
I'm not too fond of wearing either heavy coats or socks,
but winter cold has taken over and didn't even knock.

Winter, your advertisements with hot cocoa and candlelight,
are very misleading for they neglect the seasonal blight,
from snowstorms across the world to pneumonia and the flu.
I'm pretty sure you're lying when you sing your carols, too.
whoever said this was the most wonderful time of year,
probably never experienced summer's sunny cheer.

The doors and windows are all shut, but I'm sure I feel a draft.
I'd like to hibernate just like a bear, but you'd think that I'm daft.
I don't have seasonal depression--nope, I suffer that year round,
but I cannot say I'm happier 
when I've gained a few more pounds.
All my aches and pains through fingers, back, and toes,
are ten-fold magnified with this iceberg in my clothes.

I've a soft spot in my stomach for certain seasonal treats,
like pumpkin pie, ginger cakes, and potatoes that are sweet.
I realize these herbs are popular during this time of year,
because both mint and ginger help when nausea appears.
Maybe I will stock up on all of the above foodstuffs,
to comfort my woozy eardrums when they've had enough
of songs about snowmen and reindeer noses that are red,
because the local radio rotation gets stuck forever in my head.

It also seems that the penguins have been happily a breeding,
because everywhere you look there is a new one that I'm needing.

The clocks have all been falling backwards 
towards the wintertime.
It's so dark it seems like midnight 
when the 6 o'clock bell chimes.
I'd probably sleep better through the night 
without such frozen feet,
but likely have a heart attack when reading 
the bill just from the heat.

Now you might say to me why 
don't I light my grand fire place,
maybe roast some marshmallows, 
and feel the warmth on my hands and face?
I'd love to relax in front of the fire like I didn't have a care,
but I just checked the weather station, 
and today is Spare the Air.

You have your various winter festivals that celebrate with lights,
but it'd really be a blessing to be a bit warmer tonight.

This is a throwback poem from a previously published book. I’ll be posting throwbacks every Wednesday.

A humorous poem about the winter holiday season written in 2015. Happy holidays no matter what tradition you enjoy this time of year.

Poet Loiterer

Poet Loiterer

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 5
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2015
Length: 180 pages
ISBN: 1518713246

Poet Loiterer is D.L. Lang's fifth poetry book. This 180 page collection features nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.

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About the Book
Reviews of Poet Loiterer: “Lang’s themes include wanderlust, love for nature (and especially hiking in the California hills), religious devotion, paying the bills versus living the artist’s life, and transforming from a passive pacifist to an activist. “You gave me lungs, / so that I might breathe peace” expresses forthright praise to God in “What You Created,” and elsewhere, verse expresses delight in Jewish practice: “There’s music and Torah both running through my soul,” she observes–a quirky combination that brings to mind a Jewish Janis Joplin. In the satirical “Doves in Season,” the traditional peace symbol is being hunted. “Fear not the rocking boat,” another poem advises, encouraging readers to question racism, capitalism, and America’s reliance on weapons. There’s “More than one way to be an American,” the poem “Headline Antidote” insists; indeed, this collection imagines a peaceful, joyful future America.” — Kirkus Reviews Read the full review here: www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/dl-lang/poet-loiterer/ Preview on Google Books
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About the Author
D.L. Lang

D.L. Lang is a contemporary American poet and spoken word artist. The author of over a dozen poetry books, Lang has been writing poetry for over 25 years. She has performed her poetry on stage hundreds of times at protest rallies, county fairs, literary festivals, open mics, poetry circles, bookstores, libraries, and live radio broadcasts.

From 2017 to 2019 she served as Vallejo, California's Poet Laureate. Her poems have been awarded with numerous county fair ribbons, transformed into songs, used as liturgy for prayer, and to advocate for peace, justice, and a better world.

The scribe of over 1,200 poems from haiku to free verse to masterful rhyme, covering a wide variety of topics, D.L. Lang has poetry that's sure to delight. Lang dabbles in both gritty realism and surrealistic wordplay, sorrowful elegy and uplifting affirmations. Her poetry is a mixture of topical political commentary, religious devotional meditations, and poetic autobiographical memoir. Her words take you on journeys deep into nature, memory, spirituality, and the whisperings of the heart.

She is the author of Tea & Sprockets, Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology, Look Ma! No Hands!, Poet Loiterer, Id Biscuits, Barefoot in the Sanctuary, Armor Against The Dawn, Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays, Resting on My Laurels, The Cafe of Dreams, Midnight Strike, and This Festival of Dreams. She has also released a chapbook compilation entitled Wanderings, a Jewish poetry compilation entitled Paradise Collectors, and her debut spoken word album entitled Happy Accidents, and is the editor of Voices, Verses & Visions of Vallejo.

Her poetry has also been published in the Benicia Herald, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, Poetry Expressed, Frost Meadow Review, and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Poet’s Siddur (Ain’t Got No Press, 2017), Light & Shadow (Benicia Literary Arts, 2018), Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol. 21 (2018), and Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo (2019).

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