These Wild Winds: Poetry by D. L. Lang

Today our souls float upon wild winds of hope,
our hearts beating with the rhythm of our joy.

We have undertaken a great journey of solitude,
and now are free to taste the sweet fruit of unity.

Unity is a bridge built upon acts of kindness.
Community is a garden watered by our love,
each moment fertilizing acres of understanding.

Our feet firmly rooted in our own beautiful cultures,
we extend a hand of peace towards one another,
uplifting our city with song, dance, and togetherness.

May this day’s harmony carry us all far into the future
like the seagulls who soar into the autumn breeze
buoyed by the warmth and solidarity of friendship.
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 ReformJudaism.org. 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 poetryebook.com

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