Commonalities: Poetry by D. L. Lang

Their words fading into dust.
Never recognized by their towns,
how many great poets
simply go unnoticed?

How many laurels
once destined to be golden
merely rotted on the vine?

There shall always be
scribes with more recognition,
but every poet is a constellation.

Give me a poet 
whose footsteps ring into the night,
wandering these same streets in search of life.

I’ll never sound like the poets I love,
because I learned to love them 
well after I learned to rhyme.

I’d like to fill the shoes 
of those who came before,
but I was born at the end of time.
D L Lang

D.L. Lang is the author of 13 poetry books, most recently This Festival of Dreams. She served as poet laureate of Vallejo, California from 2017 to 2019. Her poems have been transformed into songs, Jewish liturgy, and used to advocate for peace and justice. Her poetry has been published in dozens of anthologies worldwide, most recently within Good Cop/Bad Cop by Flowersong Press, Poems from the Heron Clan Vol 8 by Katherine James Books, and The Rastaman: Conversations with Bob Marley by Alien Buddha Press. Her work has also appeared in the Jewish Journal and on She edited the anthology Verses, Voices, & Visions of Vallejo, co-founded Vallejo Poetry Society, and can often be found performing at Poetry by the Bay and on air on KZCT 89.5 FM. Lang has performed hundreds of times at political demonstrations, festivals, fairs, and literary events around the San Francisco bay area. When she isn’t writing she enjoys bird watching, hiking, and ‘60s music. She was born in Germany, and grew up in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Find her online at

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