almost criminal

the word today is liminal
a word that’s almost criminal
that borders on the threshold
doorway-981803__480without coming in or going
unfit for conversation
without awkward hesitation
you wouldn’t say it to a friend
at least not one worth knowing
it has no trace of poetry
it paints a picture woefully
it shouldn’t be in greeting cards
it shouldn’t be in letters
it lingers on the precipice
it is, today, my nemesis
let’s pool our hopes together
that tomorrow’s word is better
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by terimakashiO courtesy
created for the Daily Prompt – liminal

hide the china

may be
happy hope
or fearful
aunticipation is,
the latter
the occasion
the occasion
doesn’t matter
spatting aunts
somehow just can’t
behave in public places
but still it’s always
nice to see their faces
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by fabio germanio, courtesy
Daily Prompt – anticipation

does it count?

she has the best of everything
all the bells and tweets
silks and satins,
gold embossed,
imported turkish treats
she dresses up
to dine alone
a refugee retired
to somewhere safe
and non-abusive
surrounds herself
with no one
in an empty neighborhood
she cloaks herself in shadows
and goes walking in the woods
and like the tree that falls freely
with no one to decree it
does it count as ostentatious
if there’s no one there to see it?
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by werner22brigitte, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – ostentatious

the pickle-footed tickle

the pickle-footed tickle lived
beneath the castle keep
with other beings mythical
below the darkest deep

he crept upstairs at sunrisefig-1152054_960_720
too small for them to see
and hid himself behind
the bookcase in the nursery
peals of joyous mischief rang
when nanny left the suite
the pickle-footed tickle
tickled tiny little feet
the pickle-footed tickle
got the blame for lots of things
like leaving toys all strewn about
and leaving bathtub rings
and when the pie got eaten
they said he took the first bite
but he never got the credit for
how well they slept at night
he left on boxing day when all
they gave him was a nickel
and that’s the last we heard about
the pickle-footed tickle

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by susannp4, courtesy
Daily prompt – mythical

too many leaves, too little nuts

the squirrel used hyperbole
leaves-10740_960_720to charm the nuts out of the tree
effectively, apparently
but the leaves came tumbling too
and now there is a moving mass
a chain of mountains on the grass

i’m not sure what to do

every now and then it juts

too many leaves, too little nuts
heaps of leaves are shuddering
with him inside there, muttering
now i will need hyperbole
to charm the squirrel from the leaves
or he’ll be six feet deep
beneath the compost heap

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by hans, courtesy
created for the daily prompt – hyperbole
no no not again

he never made the majors

baseball-931712_960_720he was a heavy hitter but
he never made the majors
despite the fervent hopes
of all his family
and neighbors
they cheered him through
each new at-bat
he got some wood
each time and
he didn’t have
the follow through
to get around the diamond
he never hit a home run
he couldn’t even score
so now you know
why he’s not playing
baseball anymore…
she invites him over
he feels a bit uptight there
he only gets to second base
it’s his recurring nightmare


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

subtle like a hammer

aunt minnie was tactless
she was subtle
like a hammer
especially with aunt marie
she’d slam her
we had a family meeting
when our granny
passed away
to vote on what to do about
upcoming holidays
aunt marie said
i’ll do christmas
minnie grunted rudely
oh, how great,
i just can’t wait,
what’s christmas like
done crudely?
she said marie’s
house was too small
to even host a grudge in
that was minnnie
sweet as pie and
subtle like a bludgeon
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by public domain pictures, courtesy
created for the not-quite-working daily prompt – bludgeon

lulu isn’t well-behaved

jake is an
a one-man
force majeure
lola is a copycat
who follows jake
his great
his sounds
lulu follows lola
if lola is
lulu isn’t
she’s a copykitten
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by ipkitten, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – copycat
answering the call of the Daily prompt – sound, while something new emerges
if you liked this verse you’ll probably like this one as well

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
created for the Daily prompt – banned

artificial ants

aaron is an aardvark
who eats artificial ants
he loves the gummies
but his mom says
aaron, no, you can’t
they’ll interfere with dinner
they’ll mess with your digestion
aargh, says aaron, agony,
that answers my next question

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