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 a Jewish-American poet who served as Vallejo's Poet Laureate from 2017 to 2019. Her poetry has been published in anthologies worldwide, transformed into songs, and used to advocate for causes. She has published over a dozen collections of poetry. Her most recent book is entitled Heaven is Portable. When she isn't writing, she enjoys hiking, bird watching, and listening to the music of the 1960s. You can find her behind a mic in the San Francisco Bay Area and online at poetryebook.com

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