Poems from the book Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

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 forth to the front,
announcing the start of the show,
in every language of the world
that they happened to know.

Soon the skies were a bloom with music
as the birds held their springtime show,
singing about their many journeys
from the mountains to the sea.

In the houses and grassy fields below,
all the critters gathered to listen in,
and many minds were left dreaming
of travel, dazzled by the lyrics, you know.

Every song that they whistled
honored a world so wide and free,
each note a taste of paradise,
for anyone who did hear.

They sang of tall fruit orchards,
ocean waters, and city parks.
They sang ever so soulfully,
until the sunset faded into dark.

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

$9.99eBook: $4.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 9
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
ASIN: 1548437727
ISBN: 9781548437725

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang's 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.

Buy from Kobo
Buy from Apple Books
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Smashwords
Buy from GoodReads
Buy from CreateSpace
Buy from Book Depository
Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from Amazon
About the Book
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang’s 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry. Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays contains a handful of award-winning poems. Please click to read all the award-winning poems. Thank you to the 2017 Alameda County Fair for awarding “Expectations of a Future” a Silver Award. The following poems which appear in this book won awards in creative writing at the 2017 Marin County Fair:
  • “The Sixties”, First Place in Flashback to the 60’s Poetry
  • “Lift Off!”, First Place in Fair Themed Poetry
  • “Street Mouse”, Second Place in Any other Haiku
  • “Sally”, Third Place in My Pet
My deepest gratitude to the judges.   Smashwords e-book edition: 9780463169421 Smashwords makes ebooks compatible with all major e-reading devices in .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, and plain text formats. The ebook will also soon be available through Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and Kobo. Also available to libraries through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Tolino, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), Bibliotheca CloudLibrary, Odilo and Califa’s Enki Read all of the poems posted on the blog from Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays. Local bookstores and libraries often provide venues for poets and local authors, and many of them have invited me to read over the years, so when possible, please shop local! Any bookstore should be able to special order it for you using the ISBN, so please utilize your local independent bookshop. A huge thanks to local photographer, Jessica Brown, who shot the cover image for this book! A penguin superhero in a pose of strength with a sign that says “Save the Humans!” Jessica Brown brought this vision to life, shooting the cover photo and author photo with me in costume on a very humid August 3rd, 2017 at the Mare Island Nature Preserve in Vallejo. Excerpt from the foreword:
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is my 9th poetry collection comprised of poems that were written between December 2016 and June 2017. The title came about as I was stopped at a red light. A local restaurant had a sign on the corner that said, “Catfish Today,” so as a way of passing the time I broke down those words and came up with additional phrases that contained a compound word with an animal and a time period. My aim with this book was to try to largely be uplifting and distracting as an antidote to the often heartbreaking chaos of the world today, so there are intentionally less topical poems than in previous collections. My two personal favorites of this variety are “Where are the Heroes?” and “Affirmations of a Dream” which close out the book. “Cats on Caravan” and “IWWD” refer to my experience of the Women’s March and Strike. As I was preparing my entries for area fairs this year, I wrote “Lift Off!” describing the experience of the fair. “The Sixties” was written to fit the theme of the Marin County Fair that is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I was not alive in those years, obviously, but tried to write from the perspective of someone who was. It is one period in American history that continues to fascinate me. I’m quite pleased that both were awarded blue ribbons.   I also spent a lot of time reminiscing about my childhood haunt in Enid, Oklahoma, a field down by the railroad tracks that’s now called Oakwood Nature Park, so “Blanton-Kiowa Line” captures the history of that area.  I’ve developed an affinity for train songs, so my husband challenged me to write “Hanukah Train” as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs this past Hanukah. This volume brings the total of my published poems to 918. While it will be the first book released after being named the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, poems written during that tenure will be released in future books. This milestone provides a natural closing point for this book. Thanks for reading!
Complete list of poems included in this volume: Expectations of a Future Wildflowers Dog-eared Yesterdays Balcony Dreams Celestial Scenes A Pillow for the Heart There are… Holy Stumblings Spring in the City Choose to Be Parallels And If They Can, Why Can’t We? At the Intersection There’s a Peace in Slowness How to Read Poetry The Seeker Happy Place Those of Gentle Hearts Traffic Jammer Birds in Harmony Each One of Us Dreams Demand Go Down Easy Yes A Circle of Dreams The Sixties Lift Off! Dixon May Fair Waterfront Observations Island Poem Generation Transformation All I’ve Got Left of You Time Overdrawn Bright Light Hanukah Train Blanton-Kiowa Line Enid Sunrise Praying for Rain April Foolery Anytime Hang On to Your Soul Sally The Talebearer Zing A Home One Two Somewhere Beyond Personal Evolution Like Broken Glass Moments Old Songs Sparked by Melody Renewed Awe As the Sun Street Mouse Class Participation Beachside A Napa Moment Mall Walker epic history poem Antisocial Media The Way to Contentment Humanity Brightest Greed’s Disconnect Although Ochlocracy Politics This Earth Day Stay Lit On Fear Lines Dear Land of the Free IWWD What if? Radioactive Returns Cats on Caravan New Old America Immigrants’ Truth What’s It Gonna Take? Not Your Problem? You Cannot See Through Gold Where are the Heroes? Affirmations of a Dream  
Hi! Enjoying what you’re reading? Please consider buying a book, or using the donation button on the sidebar. Poets aren’t always compensated for our performances and efforts, and doing so would help out greatly and ensure this website stays around for years to come.
All of my gigs have been cancelled until further notice. Please stay safe everyone. If you would like to support me at this time, please consider buying one of my books from your favorite online retailer.

Endorsements
"Author D.L. Lang's masterful "Dragonfly Tomorrows and Dog-eared Yesterdays" proves just exactly why the talented Author has been crowned poet laureate of California state in the city of Vallejo, leaving us in complete awe with some of the most immaculate verses and compassionate words! An ingenious visionary and virtuous human moral-compass, Lang makes writing poetry seem effortless, hypnotizing us with fantasy-like analogies that cleverly unravel meaningful and philosophical multi-layered themes. Each theme underlines and mirrors many different colors and faces of life and humanity. Author D.L. Lang's lovely portraits of inspiration captivate us with beautiful, provoking portrayals of art that appear to symbolize strengths such as ambition, creation and imagination, yet and still, her picturesque illustrations don't shy her away from exposing her core, jagged, blunt truth one bit. This ironic combination or blend of visual beauty, art and graphics is even more compelling when interwoven with personal, societal and collective humanistic ideas and theories near to the Author's heart."
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).

Look Inside
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

No ratings yet.

Please rate this post

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 up mountains worth of latkes.
Kids are spinning dreidels and unwrapping their new tchotchkes.

One car down you can hear the musicians praying and playing.
Hebrew, English, Yiddish, folks are singing, dancing, swaying.
This car’s so packed with joy, and much more’ll find its way in.

Each car’s glowing brightly, lit by the flames of the menorah.
Loving families gather closely, happily studying the Torah.
There’s plenty of room inside, ‘cause we even saved a seat for ya.

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

$9.99eBook: $4.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 9
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
ASIN: 1548437727
ISBN: 9781548437725

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang's 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.

Buy from Kobo
Buy from Apple Books
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Smashwords
Buy from GoodReads
Buy from CreateSpace
Buy from Book Depository
Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from Amazon
About the Book

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang’s 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays contains a handful of award-winning poems.

Please click to read all the award-winning poems.

Thank you to the 2017 Alameda County Fair for awarding “Expectations of a Future” a Silver Award.

The following poems which appear in this book won awards in
creative writing at the 2017 Marin County Fair:

  • “The Sixties”, First Place in Flashback to the 60’s Poetry
  • “Lift Off!”, First Place in Fair Themed Poetry
  • “Street Mouse”, Second Place in Any other Haiku
  • “Sally”, Third Place in My Pet

My deepest gratitude to the judges.

 

Smashwords e-book edition: 9780463169421

Smashwords makes ebooks compatible with all major e-reading devices in .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, and plain text formats. The ebook will also soon be available through Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and Kobo.

Also available to libraries through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Tolino, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), Bibliotheca CloudLibrary, Odilo and Califa’s Enki

Read all of the poems posted on the blog from Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays.

Local bookstores and libraries often provide venues for poets and local authors, and many of them have invited me to read over the years, so when possible, please shop local! Any bookstore should be able to special order it for you using the ISBN, so please utilize your local independent bookshop.

A huge thanks to local photographer, Jessica Brown, who shot the cover image for this book!

A penguin superhero in a pose of strength with a sign that says “Save the Humans!”

Jessica Brown brought this vision to life, shooting the cover photo and author photo with me in costume on a very humid August 3rd, 2017 at the Mare Island Nature Preserve in Vallejo.

Excerpt from the foreword:

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is my 9th poetry collection comprised of poems that were written between December 2016 and June 2017. The title came about as I was stopped at a red light. A local restaurant had a sign on the corner that said, “Catfish Today,” so as a way of passing the time I broke down those words and came up with additional phrases that contained a compound word with an animal and a time period.

My aim with this book was to try to largely be uplifting and distracting as an antidote to the often heartbreaking chaos of the world today, so there are intentionally less topical poems than in previous collections. My two personal favorites of this variety are “Where are the Heroes?” and “Affirmations of a Dream” which close out the book. “Cats on Caravan” and “IWWD” refer to my experience of the Women’s March and Strike.

As I was preparing my entries for area fairs this year, I wrote “Lift Off!” describing the experience of the fair. “The Sixties” was written to fit the theme of the Marin County Fair that is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I was not alive in those years, obviously, but tried to write from the perspective of someone who was. It is one period in American history that continues to fascinate me. I’m quite pleased that both were awarded blue ribbons.

 

I also spent a lot of time reminiscing about my childhood haunt in Enid, Oklahoma, a field down by the railroad tracks that’s now called Oakwood Nature Park, so “Blanton-Kiowa Line” captures the history of that area.  I’ve developed an affinity for train songs, so my husband challenged me to write “Hanukah Train” as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs this past Hanukah.

This volume brings the total of my published poems to 918. While it will be the first book released after being named the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, poems written during that tenure will be released in future books. This milestone provides a natural closing point for this book.

Thanks for reading!

Complete list of poems included in this volume:

Expectations of a Future

Wildflowers

Dog-eared Yesterdays

Balcony Dreams

Celestial Scenes

A Pillow for the Heart

There are…

Holy Stumblings

Spring in the City

Choose to Be

Parallels

And If They Can, Why Can’t We?

At the Intersection

There’s a Peace in Slowness

How to Read Poetry

The Seeker

Happy Place

Those of Gentle Hearts

Traffic Jammer

Birds in Harmony

Each One of Us

Dreams Demand

Go Down Easy

Yes

A Circle of Dreams

The Sixties

Lift Off!

Dixon May Fair

Waterfront Observations

Island Poem

Generation Transformation

All I’ve Got Left of You

Time Overdrawn

Bright Light

Hanukah Train

Blanton-Kiowa Line

Enid

Sunrise

Praying for Rain

April Foolery

Anytime

Hang On to Your Soul

Sally

The Talebearer

Zing

A Home

One Two

Somewhere Beyond

Personal Evolution

Like Broken Glass

Moments

Old Songs

Sparked by Melody

Renewed

Awe

As the Sun

Street Mouse

Class Participation

Beachside

A Napa Moment

Mall Walker

epic history poem

Antisocial Media

The Way to Contentment

Humanity

Brightest

Greed’s Disconnect

Although

Ochlocracy

Politics

This Earth Day

Stay Lit

On Fear

Lines

Dear Land of the Free

IWWD

What if?

Radioactive Returns

Cats on Caravan

New Old America

Immigrants’ Truth

What’s It Gonna Take?

Not Your Problem?

You Cannot See Through Gold

Where are the Heroes?

Affirmations of a Dream

 


Hi! Enjoying what you’re reading? Please consider buying a book, or using the donation button on the sidebar. Poets aren’t always compensated for our performances and efforts, and doing so would help out greatly and ensure this website stays around for years to come.


All of my gigs have been cancelled until further notice. Please stay safe everyone. If you would like to support me at this time, please consider buying one of my books from your favorite online retailer.


Endorsements
"Author D.L. Lang's masterful "Dragonfly Tomorrows and Dog-eared Yesterdays" proves just exactly why the talented Author has been crowned poet laureate of California state in the city of Vallejo, leaving us in complete awe with some of the most immaculate verses and compassionate words! An ingenious visionary and virtuous human moral-compass, Lang makes writing poetry seem effortless, hypnotizing us with fantasy-like analogies that cleverly unravel meaningful and philosophical multi-layered themes. Each theme underlines and mirrors many different colors and faces of life and humanity. Author D.L. Lang's lovely portraits of inspiration captivate us with beautiful, provoking portrayals of art that appear to symbolize strengths such as ambition, creation and imagination, yet and still, her picturesque illustrations don't shy her away from exposing her core, jagged, blunt truth one bit. This ironic combination or blend of visual beauty, art and graphics is even more compelling when interwoven with personal, societal and collective humanistic ideas and theories near to the Author's heart."
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).

Look Inside
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

No ratings yet.

Please rate this post

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 well at the fair. Although I had entered in various categories over the years, 2017 was the first time I had won a blue ribbon at the Marin County Fair. In fact, I won two, so go check out “Lift Off!” next!

The Sixties

We were more than just hippies,
artfully clad in paisley and beads,
dancing in circles, hugging trees,
for in these short years,
we brought about revolutions, peacefully.

We made pilgrimage
to North Beach and Greenwich Village
and settled in the Haight,
making music about this world’s fate.

Joining hands, united by songs,
we dreamed of a time where we all got along—
an evolution of humanity,
where each and every soul could live free.

As we lazed upon the grasses,
we took every journey of the mind,
sought out all the truth we could find,
rediscovering ancient spirituality,
while forging the way for a brand new reality.

We explored traditions beyond our family,
seeking out new ways to be,
loving, living, communally,
surrounded by nature’s endless beauty.

We marched together in harmony,
people gathered together as vast as the sea,
fighting for our brothers and sisters to be free—
free from Jim Crow’s tyranny.

We stood up against an unjust war,
questioning just what we were fighting for.
Linked our arms together with strangers,
united for justice and peace.

As a generation came together,
this great nation changed forever,
inching closer towards a dream.

No ratings yet.

Please rate this post

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 read “Lift Off!” check out “The Sixties” as well.

 

Lift Off!

Mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons
romping around in the sweet summer sun,
gazing at paintings and sculptures that won,
and creating memories for years to come.

Faces erupting in huge, silly grins,
wrapped in the awe of experience,
exploring centuries old traditions,
and trying fascinating new inventions.

Preserving the artistry of yesterday,
quilting and canning is here to stay.
Decked out in ribbons of red and blue
farm animals happily call out to you.

Couples walk the fairgrounds hand in hand,
enjoying the notes flowing from the bandstand.
Fried food fragrance fills the air,
informing your nose that it’s at the fair.

Glowing rides illuminate the midway
as families unite in fun for a day.
Fireworks ignite a summertime sky,
as the Ferris wheel turns, oh, so high.

Kids try their luck at games of chance.
Winning toy prizes sparks a joyful dance.
Folks cheer loudly as the animals race.
There’s something so magic about this place.

Yes, it’s that amazing time of year again,
when you can let the fun shine in!
Why are you just standing there, son?
C’mon! Lift off! The fair has begun!

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays

$9.99eBook: $4.99
Author:
Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 9
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
ASIN: 1548437727
ISBN: 9781548437725

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang's 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.

Buy from Kobo
Buy from Apple Books
Buy from Barnes and Noble Nook
Buy from Amazon Kindle
Buy from Smashwords
Buy from GoodReads
Buy from CreateSpace
Buy from Book Depository
Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from Amazon
About the Book

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang’s 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry.

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays contains a handful of award-winning poems.

Please click to read all the award-winning poems.

Thank you to the 2017 Alameda County Fair for awarding “Expectations of a Future” a Silver Award.

The following poems which appear in this book won awards in
creative writing at the 2017 Marin County Fair:

  • “The Sixties”, First Place in Flashback to the 60’s Poetry
  • “Lift Off!”, First Place in Fair Themed Poetry
  • “Street Mouse”, Second Place in Any other Haiku
  • “Sally”, Third Place in My Pet

My deepest gratitude to the judges.

 

Smashwords e-book edition: 9780463169421

Smashwords makes ebooks compatible with all major e-reading devices in .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, and plain text formats. The ebook will also soon be available through Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and Kobo.

Also available to libraries through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Tolino, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), Bibliotheca CloudLibrary, Odilo and Califa’s Enki

Read all of the poems posted on the blog from Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays.

Local bookstores and libraries often provide venues for poets and local authors, and many of them have invited me to read over the years, so when possible, please shop local! Any bookstore should be able to special order it for you using the ISBN, so please utilize your local independent bookshop.

A huge thanks to local photographer, Jessica Brown, who shot the cover image for this book!

A penguin superhero in a pose of strength with a sign that says “Save the Humans!”

Jessica Brown brought this vision to life, shooting the cover photo and author photo with me in costume on a very humid August 3rd, 2017 at the Mare Island Nature Preserve in Vallejo.

Excerpt from the foreword:

Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is my 9th poetry collection comprised of poems that were written between December 2016 and June 2017. The title came about as I was stopped at a red light. A local restaurant had a sign on the corner that said, “Catfish Today,” so as a way of passing the time I broke down those words and came up with additional phrases that contained a compound word with an animal and a time period.

My aim with this book was to try to largely be uplifting and distracting as an antidote to the often heartbreaking chaos of the world today, so there are intentionally less topical poems than in previous collections. My two personal favorites of this variety are “Where are the Heroes?” and “Affirmations of a Dream” which close out the book. “Cats on Caravan” and “IWWD” refer to my experience of the Women’s March and Strike.

As I was preparing my entries for area fairs this year, I wrote “Lift Off!” describing the experience of the fair. “The Sixties” was written to fit the theme of the Marin County Fair that is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I was not alive in those years, obviously, but tried to write from the perspective of someone who was. It is one period in American history that continues to fascinate me. I’m quite pleased that both were awarded blue ribbons.

 

I also spent a lot of time reminiscing about my childhood haunt in Enid, Oklahoma, a field down by the railroad tracks that’s now called Oakwood Nature Park, so “Blanton-Kiowa Line” captures the history of that area.  I’ve developed an affinity for train songs, so my husband challenged me to write “Hanukah Train” as we found ourselves listening to old folk songs this past Hanukah.

This volume brings the total of my published poems to 918. While it will be the first book released after being named the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, poems written during that tenure will be released in future books. This milestone provides a natural closing point for this book.

Thanks for reading!

Complete list of poems included in this volume:

Expectations of a Future

Wildflowers

Dog-eared Yesterdays

Balcony Dreams

Celestial Scenes

A Pillow for the Heart

There are…

Holy Stumblings

Spring in the City

Choose to Be

Parallels

And If They Can, Why Can’t We?

At the Intersection

There’s a Peace in Slowness

How to Read Poetry

The Seeker

Happy Place

Those of Gentle Hearts

Traffic Jammer

Birds in Harmony

Each One of Us

Dreams Demand

Go Down Easy

Yes

A Circle of Dreams

The Sixties

Lift Off!

Dixon May Fair

Waterfront Observations

Island Poem

Generation Transformation

All I’ve Got Left of You

Time Overdrawn

Bright Light

Hanukah Train

Blanton-Kiowa Line

Enid

Sunrise

Praying for Rain

April Foolery

Anytime

Hang On to Your Soul

Sally

The Talebearer

Zing

A Home

One Two

Somewhere Beyond

Personal Evolution

Like Broken Glass

Moments

Old Songs

Sparked by Melody

Renewed

Awe

As the Sun

Street Mouse

Class Participation

Beachside

A Napa Moment

Mall Walker

epic history poem

Antisocial Media

The Way to Contentment

Humanity

Brightest

Greed’s Disconnect

Although

Ochlocracy

Politics

This Earth Day

Stay Lit

On Fear

Lines

Dear Land of the Free

IWWD

What if?

Radioactive Returns

Cats on Caravan

New Old America

Immigrants’ Truth

What’s It Gonna Take?

Not Your Problem?

You Cannot See Through Gold

Where are the Heroes?

Affirmations of a Dream

 


Hi! Enjoying what you’re reading? Please consider buying a book, or using the donation button on the sidebar. Poets aren’t always compensated for our performances and efforts, and doing so would help out greatly and ensure this website stays around for years to come.


All of my gigs have been cancelled until further notice. Please stay safe everyone. If you would like to support me at this time, please consider buying one of my books from your favorite online retailer.


Endorsements
"Author D.L. Lang's masterful "Dragonfly Tomorrows and Dog-eared Yesterdays" proves just exactly why the talented Author has been crowned poet laureate of California state in the city of Vallejo, leaving us in complete awe with some of the most immaculate verses and compassionate words! An ingenious visionary and virtuous human moral-compass, Lang makes writing poetry seem effortless, hypnotizing us with fantasy-like analogies that cleverly unravel meaningful and philosophical multi-layered themes. Each theme underlines and mirrors many different colors and faces of life and humanity. Author D.L. Lang's lovely portraits of inspiration captivate us with beautiful, provoking portrayals of art that appear to symbolize strengths such as ambition, creation and imagination, yet and still, her picturesque illustrations don't shy her away from exposing her core, jagged, blunt truth one bit. This ironic combination or blend of visual beauty, art and graphics is even more compelling when interwoven with personal, societal and collective humanistic ideas and theories near to the Author's heart."
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).

Look Inside
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

No ratings yet.

Please rate this post

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 present from different county fairs by visiting the County Fair Winners category.

No ratings yet.

Please rate this post

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 by fireworks. The poem below is lovingly dedicated to her memory.

Sally

Sally dog

My first doggy had curls as black as charcoal,
but even more beautiful was her sweet soul.
My Sally, dear Sally, how I loved her so!
I met her when I was just three years old.

Forever, forever, my heart, she stole
with sweet puppy kisses worth more than gold.
Oh Sally, dear Sally, I watched her get old.
Together like sisters, we both did grow.

I shall never forget that fourth of July.
The loss of our canine—torrents we did cry!
My Sally, dear Sally, she ran off in fright
as fireworks crackled on that clear Texas night.

Many family dogs have since come to play,
joining my dear Sally in my heart these days,
but the love of such a gentle friend never fades.
Having known a dog’s love, we are left changed.

No ratings yet.

Please rate this post

View More