kitty blogger

kitty blogger
to her credit
takes the time
it takes to edit
dotting i’s
crossing t’s
parsing words
busy lady
she will tell you
if you ask her
she’s the ever-
ready bunny
it ain’t easy
it ain’t funny
kitty blogger
seeks perfection
raising kittens
working late
single momma,
and oxford comma,
(finds it hard
to concentrate)
getting tired now
getting cranky
got no time for
hanky panky
reading headlines
meeting deadlines
this should come as
no surprise
now she’s dotting t’s
and crossing eyes
crosseyed cat.jpeg

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy
daily prompt – crossing

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

brain freeze

today the words
won’t percolateautumn-1804592_960_720
the blood to brain
won’t circulate
i’m going to
and hang out with
the sun today
the clouds the leaves
the passing breeze
may blow my blues away
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by tpsdave, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – percolate

the daily prompt is fickle

the daily prompt’s
not getting mekitty-175163_960_720
i’ve linked a
bunch of times
i don’t show
on their page
but their link works
fine on mine
the word today
was bludgeon
now this is
that one’s cousin
if i have to write a dozen
just to link
bludgeon me now
the daily prompt is fickle
it’s a grass-fed dairy cow
i was shocked
i had a verse
but now no one
will see it
could this day
be any worse?

here’s my first response to the prompt which,
as of 8:52 p.m., is still not linking right:
subtle like a hammer

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by dmgreen44, courtesy
created for the daily prompt – bludgeon

ode to the underwood 310


millions of feelings
have passed through this ribbon
millions of words
made this typewriter blush
a whole lot of stories
were written by these keys
a whole lot of  homeworks
typed up in a rush
and still it was faithful,
it worked every day
the only trouble
it gave me was “j”
oh, to the underwood
three hundred & ten
you were far more useful
than illiterate men


© 1977 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by
Daily prompt – millions

advice for the novice enamored

she is an original
a girl who holds
to principles
flower-1467112_960_720she thinks that
imitation is
the truest form
of thievery
she derides most
adaptations as
artistic limitations
thinks cheap remakes
don’t take a lot
of creativity
so if you want
to woo her
if you hope to
score some time
start your ballad over
and scrap that crappy rhyme


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

better look it up

a small mistake
can quickly make
a mess of a great story
some words were made to
throw us off
the path to fame and glory…
ignoble ignition invites repetition –
like gm’s recall it’s not noble at all;
ineffable, what can’t be f’d,
i can’t express with reason;
noisome isn’t noisy it just
stinks like fruit off-season;
seminal’s a fluid word
if you get my drift;
restive doesn’t get much sleep,
it works a double shift;
perverse is not perverted
but is used that way too frequently;
nugatory has no nuts,
some comfort for your allergies;
bemused is not amusing
but misused it’s too confusing;
and kinky kinds of dirty minds
don’t go for formication…
fallacious words you may have heard
invite regurgitation
but they’re rarely used by playas…
i guess we’ll call these kinds of words


© 2014 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by stocksnap, courtesy
Daily prompt – mistake

holy writer’s block, batman

the pastor paced the sacristy
practicing his sermon,
it centered on the concept of
if life was predetermined
if fate was inescapable
if faith was somehow capable
of altering a destiny
if prayers and praise
and sacred days
improve life consequentially….
he hadn’t worked the ending out
it needed final touches
like words and thoughts,
he thought he ought
to give it just as much as
the beginning,
but this one wasn’t winning,
this time he’d met his match.
he scrapped the whole idea
and then began again from scratch
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by trudi90, courtesy
Daily prompt – praise
Daily prompt – sacred
Daily prompt – capable, while we work on something new

the word is unpredictable, part 2

the word is unpredictable, part 1

there is no word today!
the girl is going mad!
bring the word page back oh please
or things may turn out bad
the day will take a downhill slope
she’ll have no will
she’ll have no hope
she’ll have no reason to survive
the word was keeping her alive
it was her air
it was her food
it helped with her
creative mood
oh wait, what’s this
i have a verse to post
it doesn’t need a word prompt
it needs polishing at most
and a picture as its consort
it needs a title too
and so until they fix the page
this little verse will do.
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by chezbeate, courtesy
Daily Prompt – none!
Daily Prompt – they fixed it!

the word is unpredictable

i never know
from day to day
Bohol_Tarsierwhat word
will prompt
a girl to say
a new thing
in a newer way
but i enjoy
the challenge
it may seem odd
to some of you
but some of you
may feel it too:
it helps maintain
my balance
well actually
and all along
we’ve known
the word
i doubt we’re wrong
the feeling’s inexplicable
one can’t be sure
but one could guess
if one were under
some duress
the word is

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture from, courtesy
this verse is here thanks to the Daily prompt – unpredictable