web slinger


the fragile threads
that built
this web
have just been
pulled apart
the fly escapes
the spider makes
a relocated start
so it was
with you and i
you the spider
i the fly
escaped your prison
flew away…
rebuild, ensnare
some other prey

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by sethink, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – fragile

nephew to the king

the smarmy slugslug

slogged his foes
with cruel insults
and verbal blows
which would be hard
to misconstrue…
good thing he only
had a few…
half of whom
did not do words —
the other half were birds

 his insults paled
to uncle snail’s,
the king of slimy zingers
the slug was not
as erudite and surely no
his conversations
fast dissolved
cuz he was less evolved
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by pixel2013, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – slog

wi-fi hot spot

i just got a text
and frankly i’m perplexed
i don’t have a cell phone
so how could they
have found me?
i just got a text
including autocorrect
if i’m right about
who sent it,
it astounds me
i just got a text
and really, now,
what’s next?
i can’t unplug:
technology surrounds me.

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

the news is pretty twisted

al madrigal.PNGthere’s al madrigal
interviewing radicals
tryin’ to wring humor from
extremists unrestricted
lewis black gets ever madder
is it funnier or sadder?
he’s a pretty angry fellow
but when journalism’s yellow
we need comedy to tell the news
when hatred’s used to sell the news
the news is pretty twisted
where’s the walter cronkitescbs_evening_news_with_cronkite_1968
and the journalistic ethics
i wish the people watching fox
were watching it like skeptics
i wish they all
could see it
in the way these “newsmen” act
these people aren’t giving you the facts

regurgitating talking points
the same sound bites each minute
telling you don’t use your mind
just take it how we spin it
if we watched cable news all day
we’d all be talking dumb
so thanks again jon stewart and
the daily show alum

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
created for the Daily prompt – radical
reporting for the Daily prompt – yellow, while i
work on something new
images courtesy bing.com/images
gif courtesy giphy.com

he’s a little eros

animated-cupid-image-0036poor little cupid
sittin’ on a cloud
doesn’t have
a girlfriend
isn’t he allowed?
i’m a lonely angel
he’s a little eros
we could be an item
we could be
each other’s heroes
dear when you flew by me
whistling romanticallyanimated-angel-image-0010
you seemed so
debonair and sharp
your hair a windy mess
you almost all undressed
zing! went the strings of my harp! *
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
created for the Daily prompt – zing
* shout out to my girl judy, doing the james f. hanley original verse here

5 on 1

the day they killed the old oak tree
we wouldn’t soon forgetstump
they hacked at her
for hours
they all were
drenched in sweat
she didn’t
go down easily,
she put up
quite the fight,
but they won out,
‘cuz 5 on 1,
which didn’t feel so right
we thought we heard her weeping with every teasing breeze
a kind of solidarity among the other trees
it took one final insult, she came down with a whump,
and to this day we’re haunted by the stump

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by oisin connolly, courtesy unsplash.com
created for the Daily prompt – stump

autonomous automaton’s vacation- a sequel

view the original, autonomous automatons forbidden

the robot, now autonomous,
from his favorite seat in the back of the bus,
recounted all the great things he’d accomplished…
he’d fought the fight and won the war
for robot rights, but wait, there’s more:
he got a job at the Apple store…
another robot might have been more pompous
he checked his phone for new sound bites
and looked up travel package sites
his benefits included one week paid
he’d saved a lot of money up

he wanted some place sunny but
some parts of him did better in the shade

he google-mapped exotic spots
not too rainy, not too hot
someplace he could travel to by boat
he liked indoor facilities
and it would need utilities,
so… something far away but not remote
and it would need wall outlets, by and large,
‘cuz after all the point was to recharge


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
original robot by brent worden deviantart.com, courtesy bing.com/images
alligator boxers & background by me & clip art
created for the Daily prompt – recharge

skinny sally has a secret

lady-294555_960_720skinny sally
has a secret,
how she stays
so little
when the meal
is sandwiches
she only eats
the middle

she sets aside the bread
and eats whatever
was between it
quite a stack
of unused bread,
i’ve seen it
she licks
both pieces
clean and then
just throws
what’s left away
extremely entertaining
when it’s peanut b&j


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by clker-free-vector-images, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – sandwich
reappearing o the Daily prompt – clean, while i polish a new verse

my anomaly

my little queen
she skipped right past
the princess phase
and went straight on
to queen
less like a figure-headed type
more like a figurine
uncanny, just how elegant
this girl has always been
her eyes intense
her common sense
her skin like
her class just doesn’t
somehow she never lets it
such perfection is my girl…
i don’t know where
she gets it

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – elegant
if you liked this one you might like this, which further explains,
or for that matter, any of these from the “my two” category

heads turn on her arrival



the opportunist mink’ll
set her laser sights to stun
set her onyx eyes to twinkle
hunting season has begun

she is to morals machiavelli
her ruthlessness unrivaled
she is to beauty botticelli
heads turn on her arrival

she’s in control, she holds the reins
the men surround her, rapt
but hunting is a two-way lane
and one day she’ll be trapped


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by naturfotoblog.net, courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – twinkle