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

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picture by iicaityy, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt aware

not nice

a creature
it’s just


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picture by barnimages, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt criticize

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
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picture courtesy
daily prompt – crossing

the path of least resistance

if madeline is happy
then we are happy too
we dance and shout
and run about
while she plays the kazoo
if madeline is melancholypug-1209129_960_720
then we are that as well
when tears of sadness fill her eyes
we comfort her and empathize
though she can’t always tell

when madeline is moody
we’ve learned to keep our distance
when storm clouds break
we tend to take
the path of least resistance
we go as far as we can get
so she’ll have no regrets

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

nothing’s sacred

nothing’s sacred when i’m sick
close your eyes and and get the visual
daily rites that were habitual
go flyin’ out the window
(close the window, bob, i’m sick!)
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nothing’s sacred when i’m sick
life’s replaced by my new rituals
in, more vitamins, out, most victuals
my vim and vigor dwindles
(pass the tissues, bob, i’m sick!)
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i am better when i’m better
and i ain’t gettin’ better
i’m just starin’ at the sun
nothing’s sacred when i’m sick
and nothing’s getting done.
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by ewka_pn, courtesy
Daily prompt – sacred
btw, did everyone see this classic comic Carole Lombard film, “nothing sacred”? love it!

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
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naomi thinks she’s ready

naomi held her first affair
and all her closest
friends were there
to celebrate her savoir-faire
but hey, o.k., no pressure
culinary school had been
her last hurrah,
now five years in
to her first-year semester
we won’t discuss the details
we’ll take you to the end
naomi would have done this
if she’d been a better friend
the guests were getting hungry
after all the fails
they pinned their hopes on
eating something sweet,
with no entrails…
the cake was a mistake
no, scratch that, a disaster
among the inner workings
there may have been some plaster
there surely were some cat hairs
and what looked like once-ate greens
the friends made their excuses
then went straight to Krispy Kreme


cat cake

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picture  courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – cake

as evening wandered in

two teenage lepidopterists,
roy and brother rudy
went looking for their long-lost mom
in faraway djibouti
they brought doc jellyby along,
a friend and an advisor —
rudy wasn’t fond of him,
he always seemed to stink of gin–
roy thought no one was wiser.
these two were not the outdoor type
but mom was an explorer
she’d be mad that they skipped school
but they missed and adored her.
while following a trail that she
had mentioned in a letter
rudy set his suitcase down
and roy removed his sweater.
doc jellyby suggested they
resume the search another day
as evening wandered in
blurring bits of sunshine
and diminishing his gin,
but when the bros agreed to go
they crossed paths with a feline
in spots and beige, who reeked of rage…
the large, meat-eating kind.

rudy caught the leopard’s eye,
implored him not to jeopardize
their chances for survival…
his brother fainted dead as day
the doctor upped and ran away,
which hindered roy’s revival.
the leopard sized the brothers up
but, being full from having supped,
he told them “go, be hasty,
i’ve no desire for you because
you’re half the men your mother was
and doubtless half as tasty”.
so off thy ran the two of them,
abandoning their property.
back home again these two half-men
now study leopard-optery.


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by frauke feind, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – jeopardize
hunting the Daily prompt – shine, while i work on something new
and the Daily prompt – blur, because it wants to be recognized

so the mighty hunter waits

fire fills his eyes
as they grow to twice their size
and lo, the mighty hunter hides
and determines
and decides
which approach would be the best
to remove this foreign pest
to protect his family
and to keep his backyard free
from bums or strays or other kinds
of predators with different minds
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so the mighty hunter waits
figures out, anticipates
a fight that may
end up in death—
he straightens up
he draws a breath,
then moves forward
slowly, steady
very sure, very ready
with stealth and splendor
towards the beast
who hasn’t seen him
in the least
and the hunter calls out loud
very strong, very proud
asks that the intruder leave…
…intruder looks up, so naive,
utters the most simple “mew”
as if to tell him “i love you”
the hunter backs up quite ashamed
because a kitten has him tamed

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picture by estockiausdel, courtesy
Daily Prompt – slowly
Daily prompt – anticipation
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howard the coward

this morning little howard is
exhibiting his cowardice
he’s skitterish
and squeamish
he’s turning kinda greenish
but mostly streaked with yellow
he’s a frightened little fellow
i have to laugh at what has caused
this little guy to soil his paws
he isn’t going mad, oh no,
he’s just seen his shadow grow
he’s no puppy,
he’s a chicken

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by Elena Donà, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – cowardice