angel of the night

she makes her rounds
to the sounds
of many murmurations

people pained in misery
the beeping nurse’s station
she checks my vitals graciously
always with a smile
a pleasant chat
and loving pat
that helps me through my trial
i don’t know how she does it
how she maintains her cheer
i don’t know where
she gets her strength
but i thank God she’s here

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – murmuration
as a special thank you to emily, jillian, alex, shareek and all the other nurse angels who helped me through the nights

dapper dan

daniel lives a patterned life
pin stripes and polka dots
oxfords with a matching belt
a fancy windsor knot
a pocket square
a walking cane
topped off with a fedora
a band of leather
a peacock feather
completes his classy aura

somebody should tell him that

he’s looking sharp today
but, dazzled by dan’s dappery,
they’ve fainted dead away

fedora cat.jpeg


© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – pattern

missing pieces

picassothese days
i’m a
an abstract
pulled apart
i’d rather be
a hopper or
some solid
form of art
these days i’m
missing pieces
a hip a job a lung
to look at me
klandinsky, klee
might pass
your tongue

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – abstract

the woo is the glue

woo gluethe woo is the glue
that holds us together
if it weren’t for her
we’d be strapped in
with leather
criss-crossed arms
and a muzzle no doubt
to keep the crazy
from seeping out
the woo is the paste
that keeps us in place
she’s the marilyn
to our munsters
if i am grampa
and he is herman,
that tall disarming gruntster

© 1998 and 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – doubt

at the other end

i have to be alone
she said
he turned to go
he didn’t though
he only stared ahead
don’t hesitate to call
he said
if you should be in need
of someone to squash spiders
or stomp on centipedes
don’t stop your hand
if you should reach
to phone to find a friend
i’ll be always waiting
at the other end

©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by tookapic, courtesy
 created for the Daily prompt – hesitate