angel of the night

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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

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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy picgifs.com
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

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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – pattern

missing pieces

picassothese days
i’m a
picasso
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
across
your tongue

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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – abstract

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

culinarily challenged

 

chef guy gives his flan a jiggle
he gives his lime a twist
he underplays his mastery
he says it’s in the wrist
well my poor wrist don’t have it
unless it’s sara lee
my brain refrains from learning
culinarily
….
kitchen_disasteras my custard
starts to thicken
i feel my pulse
begin to quicken
my heart goes
thump-a-thump
i see a shadow
pass my window
when i look down
my flan’s a lump
i guess i’ll never get it
i guess it’s no big deal
we’ll drop in on my sister
when we crave a homemade meal

 

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy bing.com/images
 created for the Daily prompt – jiggle and the Daily prompt – quicken

no wind blows here

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her mind’s become a wasteland
an arid desert town
abandoned by its residents
all that’s left is brown
nothing grows here
no wind blows here
do not ask
‘cuz no one knows here
she can’t think now
she can’t focus
today she got her diagnosis

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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by _marion, courtesy pexels.com
created for the Daily prompt – arid

his triumph’s temporary

he tosses out a racial slur
like it’s o.k. to say
believing, with his man in charge,
that things have gone his way
that now he has his rights back
to hate and pass it on
not seeing that no matter what
the future marches on
that those who know
and those who’ve learneddracumel_by_darransims
that everyone is equal
that those survivors
of the years
will not accept a sequel
his triumph’s temporary
good people will prevail
and he’ll be sent
back to his rock
his legs around his tail

 

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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by darran sims, courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – slur

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

no, please, don’t

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give me
gifts with
glitter
it’s insipid
it’s a curse
tiny thingies
very clingy
that making
cleaning house
much worse

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

why not say hello

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

 

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

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