• 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…

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    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn

    Cabinet Construction

    “Cabinet Construction” is a poem about political corruption and cronyism in government. Although I did have a certain political figure in mind upon writing, feel absolutely free to apply it to your favorite corrupt politician, as one person certainly holds no monopoly in that area. “Cabinet Construction” won a 2nd place red ribbon in “Presidental Politics” at the 2017 Marin County Fair. It appears in the book Armor Against the Dawn. My gratitude to the creative writing judges at the Marin County Fair! Two other poems from this book won ribbons as well. Go read all the county fair winners both past and present by visiting the County Fair Winners…

  • Fine China Marin County Fair ribbon
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn

    Fine China

    “Fine China” by D.L. Lang won 3rd place in Any other Poetry at the 2017 Marin County Fair. “Fine China” is a metaphor for living life to the fullest, and is one of my favorites of my own poetry. It appears in the 2016 book Armor Against the Dawn. I also won a second place red ribbon in that same category for another poem that appears in that book entitled “Generations.” My sincerest gratitude to the Marin County Fair! Fine China Do not place me inside bubble wrap, for even though I am intricately, colorfully designed, made of cool ceramics, I am filled with hot cocoa, overflowing with marshmallows and…

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    Peace Poems,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn,  Poetry

    Endangered species—Act!

    May this country rise above its divisions, act out of love and not hatred, and may goodness, kindness, and fairness prevail. May we stick together and keep each other safe from harm. May we act out, peacefully, in protest of hatred.  May our nation survive and act on her ideals of equality, liberty, justice, freedom, and be a nation of the people—a nation of kind people, moral people, and non-violent people. May we cease to insult each other, remember each other’s humanity in spite of apparent differences, and remember how to talk to each other without resorting to stereotypes put there by others.   Endangered species—Act! To my fellow afraid…

  • Nature Poems,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn,  Poetry

    Muddy Boots, Mirrored Lakes

    Muddy Boots, Mirrored Lakes A vineyard is just a fancy word for grape farm. The grass is green. The leaves are yellow. The rain has fallen. The turkeys are perched high on fence posts like guardians. It’s a good day for hiking. Just south of the roaring highway. Strolling softly as birds join in joyful conversations. I hurry not as the trucks do. I’ve got nowhere and no one to be. Here among the hills, I am free. Watch a video of this poem by clicking here.

  • Oklahoma Poems,  Poems from the book Armor Against the Dawn,  Poetry

    The Church of Holy Crude

    Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma has declared Oct 13th Oil Field Prayer Day. Seriously. The Church of Holy Crude The governor of my former home state has asked us all to pray. The governor of my former home state practices a different faith. The governor of my former home state has anointed us with oil. The governor of my former home state has erected a monument to her god. On the capitol lawn it watches over us like a guardian angel crafted of metal, as schools lack funding and tornado shelters, while placing first for fracking earthquakes, crumbling our family homes, we know nothing is more sacred. We listen to…