the best of me


this day could be enjoyable
this day may hold surprises
but i will never know
if i don’t
open up my eye-ses
whatever comes at me today
i’ll try to greet it nicely
what if it’s an earthquake?
well i’m not sure, precisely
what if it’s an unpaid bill?
what if it’s a flood?
what if it’s some ghoulish guy
who wants to suck my blood?
what if it’s a plague of frogs?
i haven’t got a clue
but i’ll just bring
the best of me
and she’ll know what to do

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by wild one, courtesy
posted on delay while recovering from surgery yesterday

out of order

today i am in surgery
tomorrow i should
hope to be
a new, bionic, me
waving_tigeri set this verse up on delay
so i won’t have to miss a day
cuz i’m a daily
poster, chronically
it’s nothing major, just a hip
but i’m so happy
i may trip (!)
cuz i will be titanium
can’t wait to dance
can’t wait to stomp
i’ma hafta miss
the daily prompt
and that’s the one thing
messin’ with my cranium

so here’s to you,
my wordpress peeps
i’ll see you in
my morphine sleep
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
*props to my girl sia for the song titanium

calm yourself

trying not to panic
panic makes things worse
control the things
i can control
focus on the verse
panic-1393619_960_720the world is
closing in on me
the challenges
i will rise
as i have risen
but damn…
this is intense
distract myself
with comedy
mute the
inner screaming
sip some tea
with no caffeine
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by creozavr courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – panic
it would be criminal to keep this from the Daily prompt – calm

everything he had he gave

Benjamin was generous
a man above all men for us
the guy that you could go to
when your ship has run aground
a kind word rested on his lips
for anyone down on their chips
and sage advice was handed out
like cool rain falling down
everything he had he gave
money, shelter, food, first-aid…
he passed away in poverty
the richest man around

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by joggie courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – generous

let’s horse around

one day i’ll get around
to being more profound
today is not that day
today i want to say
let’s all go out and play
shirk our work
put down our pens
and all be kids again
let’s chase the ice cream man
play duck duck goose
play kick the can
play fruit tag and red rover
before the summer’s over
play jump rope, hopscotch,
do handstands,
dignity be damned
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by alexas fotos, courtesy
Daily prompt – jump

breeze sways

calm cool
blue green
style goes
who cares
calm cool
blue green

© 2011 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by dimitris vetsikas, courtesy
Daily prompt – stylish
blowing with the Daily prompt – unseen, until something new arrives

sometime in july


sitting inside
this shell
of a car
that will not stir,
will not start,
waiting for dad
to rescue me…
it’s been hours,
where could he be?
but the silence of
the snow is sweet
a sound that’s
on the street
in here i hear it
swirl and fall
and i’m amazed
at the sound of it all
and if he never
gets here,
if i freeze & die
they’ll find me with
a placid smile,
sometime in July.

© 1982 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by efraimstochter, courtesy
Daily prompt – silence

perhaps today we should not hike

the clouds are holding court
hanging low as if for sport
perhaps some cloud celebrity’s
on trial for some indecency
embezzling some cirrus guy
the clouds are crowded in the sky
packed tight from end to end

they’re saying things that i don’t like
perhaps today we should not hike
they’re rumbling emphatically
their cheeks have greyed dramatically
perhaps they’ll cancel classes
until this cloud thing passes
and  skies are blue again

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – hike

starting to look pretty slender

the passionate fruit
seduced the banana81463e48-bb48-45fa-b6e3-af8a6b3496ea_1-b554657e43d83c280a574d836dd59ff6

he thought himself
a smoothie
banana girl,
swept up in his world
was becoming
a little bit woozy
they noticed too late
other things on the plate
and soon after were
dumped in the blender
when they read the word “rival”
their chance for survival
was starting to
look pretty slender
so it comes to the end
for our orchard of friends…
which is better for us
than for them

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
created for the Daily prompt – passionate

no lighter

it’s 4/20
in the park
no lighter,
not a spark
not so hot
in windy
can’t get
the sparks
to catch
the cops
when you
a match?
; }


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by skeeze, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – together