if the wind comes

best friends

the tree
in the field
found a buddy
a pal in the form of a cloud
secrets were shared
souls were bared
games were enjoyed
tricks were employed
a day in the life
of two once-lonely boys
who somehow had found each other
as night creeps in
the tree
whispers almost inaudibly
will you be here tomorrow
the cloud says oh yes
and we’ll make up more games
but if the wind comes
i may not look the same
you’ll know it’s me when you
say my name
my name is best friends forever
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
this story was brought about by the Daily prompt – clouds,
and this amazing picture by Bessi, courtesy bing.com/images
and now it’s telling me it would be crazy to leave it out of the Daily Prompt – wind
and insane to not let it play with the Daily prompt – tree

one of the few

sunlight dancing on the water
a breeze in the trees as we wafted by
sergeant birds, all black till they flew
then yellow/orange breasts showing
and the sky – – oh the sky
angel clouds,  whale and rabbit,
or foot, or dead fish
depending on your angle
willows already weeping
egrets perched like vultures
fountains in the middle

once by magical, twice by musical,
third time, soaking wet
but yet – an adventure
bird’s eye view of the waterfall,
turtle on a log,
AK says it’s a trick
so people will go over
find out it’s fake
have to pay for the extra hour,
turtle jumps in the water
as we get closer
so many people in the park today
so many different kinds,
different things doing
but all the same
enjoying this incredible
long-awaited spring day
basking in sun rays
breathing in fresh scents
simple pleasures can still conquer all
i hope you’ll both remember this,
a good day with your father

© 1999 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy bing.com/images
Daily prompt – clouds

not your average guy

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was no purist
ate the orchids
ate the florist
ate the roses & the posies
ate the ferns
but left the stems
took a while for me to realize
this was not your average guy
i got outta there real quick
left him with his selfie stick
glad he didn’t bring his friends
(c) 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by ChadoNihi, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – tourist
Daily prompt – realize

the tigress and Euphrates

daddy took us to the beach
the memories so vivid,
on saturdays and sunny days,
at every chance he did it,
a great big man all blonde and tan
and 4 young giggling daughters
those were days when New York had
much less polluted waters.
we’d play for hours, good humor breaks,
and watch him watch the ladies
but steer him clear of those two there,
the tigress and Euphrates.

we’d sandcastle & seahorse ride
he never seemed to weary
and I remember stories told
of diving in Lake Erie
a full day done and like the sun
we’d pack up our possessions
and head back home
where mom would groan
her own trademark expressions
like be a brick and tell me
did he flirt with all the ladies
and we’d deny he had an eye
on the tigress or Euphrates

tigress and

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by Hans, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – water
if you liked this verse, you’ll prob’ly like this one t0o
and it pictured itself with the Daily prompt – vivid until something new appears

the sound of sunrise


when the time
for sunrise nears
marianna never hears
the morning sounds
that can be heard
– the rushing wind,
the singing bird,
the water tapping
against the shore
the squirrel’s rustle,
the airplane’s roar
marianna listens long
for a quiet, happy song,
the sound that sun
& water make
as rays of sunshine
kiss the lake


© 1978 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by Archbob, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – water

how to go all night

1 way water
2 go
3 times faster
4 all your friends & enemies
5 times longer than
6 duracell batteries and
7 times stronger than
8 fat apes try
10-oz water bottles
11 to
12 times a day
oh yeah,
you’ll go faster alright
you’ll also go
all night

© 2002 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy tookapic, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – water

walk it off

i’ve given up on doctors
whatever happens next
i’m gonna have to roll with it
i’ll have to walk it off
even if that’s tricky with a cough

a-doctorthe way they disregard you
the way they make you wait
the way they don’t know anything
not until too late
deprive us of our dignity
disregard our truths
we’re crippled with bureaucracy
they’ve robbed us of our youth

we should not be paying
for what we aren’t getting
and we’re not getting anything
from medicine these days
it’s $twenty here and $forty there
they’re yanking on our chains
we’re paying for their schooling
and we’re paying with our pain.

i’ve given up on saving
now that i know they get it
when you get sick
and go down quick
and that’s where we’re all headed
i’m gonna have to live it up
I’m gonna have to spend
either way
i’m busted in the end

the more you have
the more they take
the more you’re sick
the more they make
and that’s messed up
and fucked up, both,
what happened to
the hippocratic oath?

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy latinitasubique.wikispaces.com, courtesy bing.com/images
Daily prompt – deprive

she waits

she waits
outside the compound
but not for his release
she’s making sure
he’s still inside
she’s looking for reliefshe waits
the nights don’t work
at home in bed
the visions popping
in her head
and yes she wishes
she was dead
but more she wants
him living
deprived of
all the niceties
bereft of
human decency
she hopes his hurt
will bring her back
and make her more forgiving

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by bykst courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – deprive

those “p” words

profligate, a word i know,
panhandled at the park last week
protrusions on his face,
contorted brow.
protagonist, professor prompt,
was proselytizing now.
practically prophecizing…
probably not practical…
procuring pigeon protestors,
not terra-bully tactical.
  • …!
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
perfect picture by chalffy chan courtesy unsplash.com
this verse came about because of the Daily prompt – prophecy
and is loitering with the Daily prompt – protest – while I work on something new

if it’s good to be gone

i am not one to prophesize
i’m not clairvoyant, otherwise
i’d be a richer, freer me…
if forced into a prophecy
the only thing i’m sure would be
that everybody dies
in time
everybody dies
i hate to be
an augur of
the morbid
i’m sorry if it means
your plans
were thwarted
if it’s too much
news for you,
well i thought
you knew it too
there’s no way to
avoid it yet
death hasn’t been
exploited yet
by those that could
with good intentions;
there’s no word of
a new invention
to put an end to passing on,
not that they should,
if it’s good to be gone,
and i will admit they’re fairly clever,
no one wants to live forever
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by mary bettini blank, courtesy pixabay.com
this verse came about because of the Daily prompt – prophecy