• Nature Poems,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

    Flyaway Festival Bird Poems

      I read both of these poems at the Flyaway Festival on Mare Island on February 11, 2018. Spring in the City Above the rush of the highway, I hear them singing— nestled in trees, relaxing. The birds have returned from journeys afar, carrying melodies, announcing: “It is spring. It is spring. Won’t you join in? Leave your houses and just sing.”   Birds in Harmony The two feathery dancers were soaring in the wild winds, as birds from every continent intermingled with the stars. The air swirled with excitement for the concert was about to begin. Every creature for miles could not wait to listen in. The parrots came…

  • Jewish Poems,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays,  Poetry

    Hanukkah Train

    My husband challenged me to write this poem last year as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs last Hanukkah. It appears in the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays. Hanukkah Train This train’s fueled by spirit, not by power nor by might. Passing through the countryside, she’s shining holy lights. Nothing can stop her, she’s going all through the night. She’s an eight car hammer running through the mountains. Hobos are jumping up just as fast as they can get in. The last car’s left open, cause it’s meant for them to stay in. Blessings are sung soulfully as every passenger watches. The dining car is busily serving…

  • 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…

  • Street mouse a red ribbon winning haiku
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

    Haiku – Street Mouse – Red ribbon winner

    This haiku was inspired by my seeing a mouse wiggling around on my street on a sunny spring day. It was such an unusual sight to see a mouse outside in broad daylight, so I decided to capture the moment in a poem. “Street Mouse” won a 2nd place red ribbon for “Any Other Haiku” at the 2017 Marin County Fair. This was my first time ever submitting a haiku to any fair, so I am quite happy with the results. Thank you so much to the judges! Street Mouse A mouse sunbathing on hot concrete, rolling like a pup, belly up.   View all award winning poems past and…

  • Sally a poem about my pet poodle
    County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

    Sally

    I wrote about my first dog, Sally, specifically in order to enter the 2017 Marin County Fair’s “My Pet” creative writing category. It received a third place ribbon. My gratitude and thanks to the judges! Read all the county fair winning poetry both past and present by visiting the County Fair Winners category. My beloved childhood pet poodle passed away on Independence Day in 1999 at age 13 during a vacation in Texas. I was 16 at the time, and she had been a huge part of my life for as long as I could remember. Please, please take care of your pets around the holidays as they are often frightened…