• Dreaming of better days
    Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Dreaming of Better Days

    Ekphrastic poetry inspired by Kathy Oja’s painting “Dreaming of Better Days.” Dreaming of Better Days On the day her true love came to stay, it was just like any other spring day. The flowers bloomed in their rainbow, as the birds put on a choral show. On her way to school down many a road, as her shoes kissed cobblestone streets, she came upon a young boy so sweet, who offered to carry her heavy load. He used to bring her flowers so very bright. They’d stay up chatting all through the night. As they grew from boy to man and girl to lady, they spent many years walking in…

  • vallejo
    California Poems,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Vallejo, California

    Vallejo, California by D.L. Lang¬† Vallejo, she greets you with promises of opportunity, where frothy waves kiss the highway, as the seagulls soar above the bay admiring her cityscape.   Two blue towers peek above the horizon, bridging together a city with her island. The ships still sail down the Napa River, her waters carrying sacred memories of the sailors who served so valiantly against the rising tides of tyranny.   Festivals and parades shower her citizenry in the confetti of possibility, as a city honors its history, while walking hand in hand towards a bright future built by the dreams of her people.   Delighted dwellers dance downtown, sharing…

  • Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Little Watercraft

    Little Watercraft She’s not a mighty aircraft carrier, nor the giant train ferry of old, but she’s a fine little boat who sails these waters cold. She ain’t a spiffy luxury yacht, nor energetic motor boat, but she’ll give it all she’s got, so joyously we shall float. She’ll never fight in a war, nor deliver heavy freight. She’s just a little watercraft, and boy, I think she’s great! By day we become adventurers wandering into the great blue bay, going fishing and making friends, for our work feels just like play. Each night she rests beside the dock, safely nestled in the boatyard. She dreams of traveling this wide…

  • generations solano county fair
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn

    Generations – Reserve Best of Show

    “Generations” is a poem from the book Armor Against the Dawn. I’m happy to report that this poem, which was my favorite of my entries, won First Place in Published Poetry and Reserve Best of Show in Poetry at this year’s Solano County Fair. It previously won a red ribbon for Second Place in Any Other Poetry at the 2017 Marin County Fair in July. This poem is a reflection on how every younger generation must study the zeitgeists of previous generations in order to come to a deeper understanding of the failings of the past in order to forge a better future for all generations. Many, many thanks to…

  • The Sixties D.L. Lang Marin County Fair Blue Ribbon
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

    The Sixties – Blue Ribbon Winner Marin County Fair

    “The Sixties” won a blue ribbon for First Place in “Flashback to the ’60s” poetry at the 2017 Marin County Fair. I wrote it specifically to enter in the fair in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I’m honored, and find it slightly ironic given that my knowledge of America in the 1960s is purely secondhand. However, a lot of my older friends who were alive then say I was born in the wrong generation, or perhaps, am some reincarnated hippie. The 1960s remain my favorite period in both music and American history. Given my affinity for that time period, I’m happy this poem did so…

  • Lift Off D.L. Lang Blue ribbon Marin County Fair
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

    Lift Off! – Blue Ribbon Winner Marin County Fair

    “Lift Off!” won a blue ribbon for First Place in Fair Themed Poetry. “Let the Funshine In!” was the 2017 theme for the Marin County Fair. As I was preparing my entries for county fairs this year, I wrote this poem to capture the magic of attending the fair which celebrates both long held traditions and new technology.¬†County fair season has become one of my favorite yearly experiences. I am grateful to the 2017 Marin County Fair for awarding a blue ribbon to this poem. This year the my first year where I received a blue ribbon at the Marin fair. In fact, I received two, so please, after you…