when Bibble purrs
the mountains quake
the waters ripple
the forests shakecat sneeze
when Bibble hunts
the rabbits quiver
the bluebirds &
the muskrats shiver
when Bibble sleeps
the lions whisper
all is quiet
except for his purr
but every living
being freezes
every time that
Pooh-cat sneezes.




© 1976 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by b4bees courtesy
Daily Prompt – mountain
Daily Prompt – shiver

this behavior has to stop

playful puppies
friskin’ kitten
one of you has took my mittens
one of you has chewed my socks
this behavior has to stop

friskin’ kitten
playful puppies
one of you has ate the guppies
one of you has peed the floor
I’m not friends with you no more
puppis & kitten bay Hall1 courtesy
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
this verse exists thanks to the Daily Prompt – playful
photo by Hall1 courtesy

…grab a stick and join me

nice day to play
to stay sun-bound
to run around
and slide and swing
go paddling
across the lake
across the sea
to bring my childhood
back to me
to be again

…grab a stick and join me

dog-with stick
© 2009 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily Prompt childhood
photo courtesy




Basking Bibble

basking bibbleBibble laying in the sun
looks more tan than anyone
here he’s sleeping by the ocean
he must have used my
suntan lotion
Bibble doesn’t even sweat
i thought his armpits
would be wet
in fact i thought
they’d be wet more
cuz I have 2 and he has 4…
no, he is the epitome
of just how cool a cat can be


© 1976 kStan(ly) Lanning

Daily Prompt – epitome


Sara & Yanni

across the sahara

For Tony, his kitty and his pup

I called to Sara
across the Sahara —
I like to give her
her space.
Yanni, on the other hand,
gets right up in my face.
I take my time with Sara,
she’s working on her baggage,
but Yanni is the kind of guy
who’s really low on laggage.

So there sat Sara
across the Sahara
looking at first disdainful,
but eventually
she came to me —
see, now that wasn’t so painful,
and Yanni, in the meanwhile,
lit’rally kissed my scars.
He’s a kind heart and adventurer
who likes to ride in cars.

(c) 2014 kStan(ly) Lanning

tough luck

black kitten on mossy cement stairs

who believes 13
is less lucky than 20
i’ve seen some teens
who had the means
but now they haven’t plenty

who believes
umbrellas shouldn’t
open up inside
it’s how you get the smell out
it’s how you get it dried

who believes that black cats
are anything but grand
perhaps the guy
who’s bleeding from the
tooth holes in his hand.

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – luck