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

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

 

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

the blur…

…a moment in childhood

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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“…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

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© 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

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

walter told a little lie

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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

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

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

not nice

a creature
shouldn’t
criticize
another
creature’s
critter’s
size
it’s just
not
nice
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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by barnimages, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt criticize

consortium emporium

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the geese flocked to the zoo to see
a gaggle of themselves
with other little statuettes
on other little shelves
the souvenir shop had stocked up
on groups of every critter
from bloats of hungry hippos
to a lounge of leaping lizards
some foxes skulked into the shop
they bought a pack of rats
followed by a baboon troop
who sought a cloud of bats
alligators congregated curiously too
sure they’d heard of caribou
they came to catch a few

 

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture courtesy pexels.com
created for the Daily prompt – heard

i insist

the wind said
that’s a
lovely hat
a hat
i can’t
resist
the girl said
then
please take it,
you can have it,
i insist

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

afraid that one will bite her

she’s working on a project
a facet needs replacement
but all the extra pieces
are stored down in the basement
she doesn’t want to
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she has a fear of
spiders
afraid that one will
fall on her
afraid that one will
bite her
she’ll table this
for now
it’s no big deal,
it’s fine,
she’ll solve it like she’s done before
she’ll buy more parts online
now that she’s decided this
her tension is relieved
she’ll work on something new until
her shipment is received

 

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

the importance of being yellow

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i know a girl
who didn’t
like yellow
they took it away
and what then?
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and the
butterflies died
and she couldn’t
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bananas and lemons
no longer existed
and so there
was no lemonade
daffodils left
and the daisies
went too
and the gardens
looked saddened
and faded

all the taxis
were gonecity-1265055_960_720
and the moon
had moved on
and the rainbows background-1466088_960_720.png
were mostly
just blue
because yellow
was used

to create
other hues
green and orange
abandoned us too
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the chicks
and giraffes

were all black
so the little animal-156709_960_720.png
girl wept
and at night
while she slept
they brought all
the yellow things back

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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
pictures courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – yellow
inspired by a little girl who lost her love for yellow