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

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

sometimes we can

he used to be a hero
the atlas of his crew
when everybody moved away
the burden of it grew
life got overwhelmingnature-243483_960_720
he climbed inside his shell
to passing by observers he
pretended all was well
but nothing got accomplished
nothing was resolved
and in this way
his problems all devolved
his house fell down around him
plank by weary plank
he lost his job and lost his car
he stared at nothing, blank
a new girl bought
the house next door
she came to bring him pie
and seeing him in need of aid
she helped him simplify
between the two a friendship grew
that lasted to the end
sometimes we can, alone we can
sometimes we need a friend


©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by antranias, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – overwhelming

then they hit rough weather

marge and madge
were once great friends
who facebook reconnected
time had pulled them far apart
they wanted to correct it
they set off on a voyage
the purpose was renewal
but then they hit rough weather
and it ended in a duel
who would get the upper bunk
who would get the lower
who would leave all kinds of junk
who used who’s hair blower
who was always late for tea
who forgot their patience
who would who go sailing with
on subsequent vacations
margie took to instagram
madge went wild on twitter
each escalated socially
madge claiming margie bit her…
so in a way it’s sad to say
they both did some renewing:
hostilities that had been calmed
have been the pair’s undoing
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by werner22brigitte, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – renewal

new year’s resolution

a conundrum of sorts has arisen
a question of whether or no
a quandary that’s taunting me
to go or not to go
in here it’s warm and cozy
out there it’s cold and severe
in here it’s calm but lonely
out there, free bubbles and beer
and people i might like may be there
and some that i’m sure that i won’t
and poor transportation
so lots of frustration
so most of me’s telling me don’t
though it’s nice to be asked
to spend time with the castchampagne
out there it is cold
did i tell you i’m old,
at least older than
when this was thrilling?
i’m weighing the pros
but there’s so few of those
so on new year’s i guess
i’ll be chilling.


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by dariusz sankowski, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – conundrum

potty training godzilla

the barbies in the treasure chest
free-range-godzillagot stomped upon by ian
10 more little victims of
 the monster he was bein’
he trampled lego city
derailed the local train
left gabriel’s erector set
to perish in the rain
decapitated dora —
we hope mom can
restore ‘er —
the boy was on a
prehistoric tear
and all of this
without any
juliet and lana
had to laugh
but mom was feeling


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – treasure; inspired by some kooky kids i know (and their amazing mom)


i’ve lost my gloves
(my fathers too,
his were old
& mine were new)
i’ve lost my luck &
lost my way,
i’ve had a loss forlost glove
things to say,
i’ve lost some money
and some friends,
and that’s what
counts most
in the end.

i’ve lost my shoes
and lost my glasses
and “lost” my
please-excuse-me passes,
i’ve lost my lunch
and lost all hope
and lost that tiny
bar of soap
i’ve lost my patience
and my mind,
but a really good friend
is hard to find.


© 1975 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – tiny

a bunch of ballerinas

janelle the ballerina is
so graceful when she dances
but clumsy like a klutz
in any non-staged circumstances
princess grace we call her
when she falls out of her bed
and tumbles down the stairs
to start the day
she’s awkward and incompetent
she’s like a walking accident
but we have heard
a bunch of ballerinas are that way
so we’re not gonna worry
but for when she’s in a hurry
and just to show janelle
how much we care
and to minimize her bruised shins
we’re putting bumper cushions
all along her path and
on the furniture and stairs
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by open clipart-vectors, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – clumsy
and we hear it fits the Daily prompt – heard

for jon

got caught
at the top
of a tree
and he closed
his eyes
and he yelled,
“help me!”
but no one heard
and no one came,
so jon was caught
and remains the same


© 1977 kStan(ly) Lanning, inspired by a friend
photo by next star tech, courtesy
Daily Prompt – tree

out of order

today i am in surgery
tomorrow i should
hope to be
a new, bionic, me
waving_tigeri set this verse up on delay
so i won’t have to miss a day
cuz i’m a daily
poster, chronically
it’s nothing major, just a hip
but i’m so happy
i may trip (!)
cuz i will be titanium
can’t wait to dance
can’t wait to stomp
i’ma hafta miss
the daily prompt
and that’s the one thing
messin’ with my cranium

so here’s to you,
my wordpress peeps
i’ll see you in
my morphine sleep
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
*props to my girl sia for the song titanium

another unarmed teenager

hope was working e.r.
gabe was working vice
they differed in opinion
on the scope of civil rights
he had lost a partner
she had lost a son
her youngest was a victim
of a blue hand with a gun
gabe arrived with a bullet wound
a case of friendly fire
she treated him expertly,
with compassion he admired
while he was in recovery
she’d visit with her patient
they talked about humanity
in coffee conversations

yesterday another youth
was brought down by the blue
another unarmed teenager
with not enough to do
today they’re marching
for their rights,
the stakes keep getting higher
of course she’s at the protest
and that’s him, right there beside her

blm crowd
blm quote
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by the, and poster by at2w, both courtesy
Daily prompt – vice
Daily prompt – protest