he should have been in school

today is monday, halloween-costume
it’s 9 a.m.and
i’ve just seen
an eerie scary
creepy ghoul…
he should have
been in school.
he made demands
i didn’t meet
i didn’t have a
trick or treat
cuz every other
year before
no one came
up to my door…
no matter how elaborate
my decorations grew
they never crossed
the street to me
it was as if
they knew
what this young
man did not surmise…
i’ll serve him later
with french fries
and pumpkin soup i’m making
after he’s done baking

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – eerie



mo’s the oldest, loudest voice
when we played games,
she got first choice.
j & i got second best,
eirdre got to do the rest.

mo played princess,
high & royal
e played subjects,
loving, loyal.
eirdre played, somewhat defiant,
ogre, monster, beast & giant.

 j & i played dukes & knights,
saving ladies in sword fights,
we beat till death the enemy
(which bruised and
battered sister de)
with sleep the reward
for our toil.
mo played princess,
high & royal.


© 1975 & 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by stain-marylight, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – giant


swt up

i promise you
my aim
is not
to hurt you
but to help
call me
i am in
the middle
i can be
the bridge
to bring
you back
don’t shoot
your angry
at me
i won’t be
strong enough
to give you
the support
you’ll need
to get across

swt up


© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – bridge

daddy can’t wait

don’t babble,
your scrabble tiles
or else exchange themscrabble-quiet
i don’t have all night
yes you are adorable
your game skills,
though, deplorable
playing with a chatterbox
has killed my appetite
barbie, doll,
i gotta say
you talk more than
your sobriquet
your tiles are on the floor

never mind,
let’s play a hand
of something that
you understand
like 5-card stud or
7-card no peek
we’ll try this game
when you turn four
next week

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

where there’s smoke

myra likes
her cigarettes
she should quit,
she knows,
black-1226643_960_720she gets it
but here’s what
they don’t get:
she isn’t ready yet
she’s quit before
she’ll quit again
you don’t have to
remind her
but if you need her
until then
and don’t know
where to find her
if you should
suddenly require her
where there’s smoke
there’s myra


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by angle-weixin courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – smoke

not even in the room

like quitting cigarettes
i think i’m thinking

of something else
i’m thinking of you

i’m addicted

and if you don’t smoke
you don’t know
what i mean
but you do, so youlove-1181067_960_720 do,
but i’ll never tell you,
so you won’t.

i think i’m able
to focus
on something else
some conversation
some person
standing in front of me

is ostensibly holding
that i am ostensibly part of

he thinks it’s two-way
he thinks i hear

he thinks i’m smiling
at the content
or the context

and i’ll jump in any time now,
he assumes;

i’m not even in the room
i am smiling at a moment
at a memory of you

had to stop and tell you
in a virtual confession
i can’t quit

© 2012 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by waldryano courtesy pixabay,com
Daily prompt – smoke

to keep up with demand

there were lines around the block
each time the bookstore got restocked
to keep up with demand
not what the banners planned
there was a lot of jiggling
resulting in some giggling
the day that bras got banned
what some don’t seem to understand
but i am here to state
is when a common thing gets banned
they give it much more weight

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by cheifyc courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – banned

an iffy endeavor

the bunny was unhoppable
his jumping spree unstoppable
so leap frog, an iffy endeavor
his long ears flopping to and fro
he couldn’t stop, he couldn’t, so
they banned him from playing forever
poor little dude, he
was kicked out, like rudy,
outcast and downcast and blue
no leap frog, no kick the can
no hopscotch no hunt the man

no pin the tail on the moose


the bunny was unflappable
and also fairly practical,
he was an enterprising bunny

his solution was the simplest:
he entered the olympics
and now he’s making tons of money

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
gif courtesy gifs.net
Daily Prompt – banned

working boy

this verse is a
companion piece to
working girl
his transformation takes about
10 minutes to achieve
a button-down over his tee
cuff links in the sleeves
a tie, a vest, a quick breath test
he throws his jacket on
aqua velva, listerine,

and then, voila, he’s gone

he heads straight from the club
to work, cuz he’s a party chap
at lunch he’ll make some time
to take a 20-minute nap
and Monster-up his afternoon
with non-stop drops of caffeine
a hundred push-ups in the john

an overload of protein

when work is done he’ll head back home
it takes another 10
to change his tee and change to jeans
and head back out again
revived, re-scented, reinvented,
this life will catch up one day
for now he’s young, he’s having fun
he’ll sleep all day on sunday

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by ben rossett, courtesy unsplash.com
this verse owes its existence to the repeated Daily Prompt – transformation
and is hanging with the Daily prompt – scent- until something new arrives


i’ve lost my gloves
(my fathers too,
his were old
& mine were new)
i’ve lost my luck &
lost my way,
i’ve had a loss forlost glove
things to say,
i’ve lost some money
and some friends,
and that’s what
counts most
in the end.

i’ve lost my shoes
and lost my glasses
and “lost” my
please-excuse-me passes,
i’ve lost my lunch
and lost all hope
and lost that tiny
bar of soap
i’ve lost my patience
and my mind,
but a really good friend
is hard to find.


© 1975 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – tiny