rhonda did a rhumba

rhonda did a rhumba
it was rhythmic
it was raw
impressive for a rhino
who had not rhumba-ed before
she crushed the rhododendrons
she destroyed the rhubarb too
but rhonda’s rheumatism
was relieved, so that was new
rhonda in her rhinestones
is reflected in the lake
her rump’s creating ripples
making her pal rhea quake
rhonda’s been rhapsodic
and her rhetoric’s turned nasty
she’s been feeling randy
since she had her rhinoplasty


© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by ben kerckx, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – rhythmic

hide and don’t seek

happy in their hideout
hyenas jumped about
lion-and-hyenacertain that their lion friends
would never find them out
they played a round of slap jack
and then they played another
then switched to kick ball
fun for all
’til willie kicked his brother
they started to get bored a bit
their hideout started reeking
they didn’t know that hours ago
their lion friends stopped seeking


© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy google.com/images
Daily prompt – hideout

no, please, don’t

please don’t cleaning-381089__340
give me
gifts with
it’s insipid
it’s a curse
tiny thingies
very clingy
that making
cleaning house
much worse

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – glitter

the blur…

…a moment in childhood

a blur just went by
sudden and fast
it was here for a second
and then it was past
it was white and enormous
or yellow and wee
it went by so quickly
i couldn’t quite see
but i know it went by,
i’m not dreaming, because
a crowd is now staring
at where the blur was

whether the blur was
too big or to small
a low-flying bat or
a high-bouncing ball
a car speeding past us
or the car close behind
i decided to put the blur
out of my mind
and go on with my business
as the others insisted
forgetting that ever
the blur had existed

the schoolyard is noisy
it’s roaring with chatter
the grown-ups are wondering
what is the matter
the students all witnessed
a similar blur
one thought it a rabbit
with fluffy white fur
one thought it a snowstorm
with one clump of snow
i said ask the teacher,
she surely would know

miss engles, the teacher,
looks sadly confused
like if she smiles or giggles
it won’t mean she’s amused
she’s saying it must be
a magical trick
a blur made with mirrors
quite large and quite thick
hung from the sky
on threads clear and strong
the students all think
she is dreadfully wrong


the secret is out
now the whole city’s heart
of the blur that flew down
our streets like a bird
everyone’s worried
about what it could be
a ghost from the graveyard
or a beast from the sea
but it didn’t say boo
and it didn’t go yelp
the city has hired
the coast guard for help

the coast guard is searching
the sea for the blur
while the city’s in havoc
the state is astir
the people are hollering
out in the streets
and throwing themselves
at the governor’s feet
there are janitors posted
on trash red alert
in case the blur hid
underneath some old dirt


something has happened
it’s slowed down the rush
the noise has ceased fire
there’s a deafening hush
except for a tv
in a shop for tattoos
that’s owned by a biker
that’s playing the news
a whole crowd is standing there
watching, together,
they just ran a story
and “ding! here’s the weather:
“…this just in from
the weather center
the seas will be calmer,
the winds will be gentler
if you happened to notice
some low-flying clouds
zipping through suburbs
and stirring up crowds
speeding like trains
in a terrible hurry
racing like track stars
but somewhat more blurry…


“…says our weather pro,
the clouds were just curious
they wanted to know
what on earth was so glorious
it seems they’ve lost interest
and wafted away
so now we’re predicting
a sun-shiney day.
now back to our program
be sure to stay tuned…”
the tv flicked off
and a few people swooned
it stayed silent awhile
as the coast guard cleared out
some people went home
while some wandered about
some yelled at their children
some yelled at their wives
but everyone felt
a great change in their lives
and to this day some
still don’t trust
cloudy days or cloudy eyes
or even clouds of dust
but i myself am fond of clouds
i watch for them each day
and hope another low one comes
and carries me away
if one should come i’ll latch on fast
and hold on very tight
i think that it could carry me
i’m really very light
but i’ll hold on and sail with it
back up into the sky
if clouds can learn to walk the earth
then i can learn to fly


© 1977 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
pictures courtesy pixabay.com
created in high school as a children’s book, but i never did find an illustrator
Daily prompt – blur




we heard a
loud sound
then the ship
ran aground
now we’re
walking around
all off-kilter
everyone leans
and they’re
their jeans

‘cuz on cruises
you eat
with no filter

© 2016 and 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
originally created for this picture from sunday photo fiction
Daily prompt – sound

why not say hello

kyle the kangaroo kangaroo-kyle
with hopeful
often these
were beneath
his expectations
some beneath
his dignity
some not worth
the woe
one time
they brought
sponge cake,
so why not say hello


©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by unsplash, courtesy pexels.com
created for the Daily prompt expectation

the enemy

today i have
an enemy
the enemy is
just contemplating
that all day
has been too

it brought my
mood down
seven flights
and left me
at the bottom
so please somebody
rescue me
with daft smiles,
if you’ve got ’em


©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by tookapic, courtesy pexels.com
created for the Daily prompt – seriousness

tepid like the tea

was the reception
tepid like the tea
that we were served
though we deserved
a sparkling white chablis
we’d made a major breakthrough
we’d solved a major crime
when we came back to tell them
that their uncle would serve time
they didn’t take it like we thought
we didn’t read the room
they didn’t like the gift we brought
the way we had assumed
the men got out their rifles
and backed us out the door
and that explains why we don’t go
to weddings anymore


©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by openclipartvectors, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt lukewarm

walter told a little lie


little walter was aware

that ruth had other suitors
so walter told a little lie
he told her they’d been neutered

there’s little walter
waiting at the altar
patiently for ruth
while ruth pursues the truth

©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by iicaityy, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt aware

lush lush



the lush lass
slept it off
in the lush grass
woke up with
a banging head
could be worse
she could be dead
next night
she fell down
even quicker
some girls
just can’t
hold their liquor
if this lush grass
gets any lusher
this lush lass
will need an usher
to find
her way
back home

©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by tobiasd, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt lush