the ever-patient patient

it’s ten a.m.
i’m going home
with music in my ears
survived a week in hospital
i’m holding back some tears
the nurses here were angels
the doctors were the bomb
the guy in radiology
reminded me of mom

now it’s twelve
and i’m still here
the ever-patient patient
they’re dealing with a problem
with the patient who’s adjacent
i fell asleep
and now it’s two
how time flies in this vault
they still have not released me
and of course it’s no one’s fault
it’s 6:00
they brought more food
their effort to appease
but took away my pillow
and my blankets
so i freeze
they wheel-chaired me
at 8:00
and left me in the hall
but since i’m packed
and strapped in tight
i can’t do much at all
it’s ten p.m.
i’m going home
and it’s for real this time
too content to hold a grudge
the air out here’s divine



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picture by monreal312, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – ten

just as much


she held the baby tightly
the boys were tucked in bed
the baby didn’t seem to hear
a single word she said
she said
your daddy’s coming home my sweet
he won’t be gone for long
he didn’t mean those ugly things
he knows that he was wrong
he needs a breath of fresh air now
and time to think it through
and yes, your daddy loves me,
i’m sure your daddy loves me,
believe your daddy loves me
as much as he loves you.

she held her mother tightly
the boys were in the yard
she tried to keep from crying
but by now it wasn’t hard
eleven years of no return
her mother had hung on
a hope had kept her barely there
but now that hope was gone
she said
my daddy won’t be home again
he has another life
he has another family
he has a wealthy wife
he never meant to come back here
but you just never knew
and yes, my daddy loves me,
i’m sure my daddy loves me,
believe my daddy loves me
as much as he loves you

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picture by froot, courtesy
daily prompt – gone
napping with the Daily prompt – baby, while I work on something new

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


i don’t ask for fortune
i don’t ask for fame
to know me by my name
i’m not knocking virtue
i’m not praising vice
to write me once or twice
© 1986 & 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by pixel2013, courtesy
Daily prompt -fortune

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

a beast in his abode

ali baba can’t abide
a beast in his abode
he can’t abide
the way they think
the way they speak
in code
his wife and kids,
have a weakness
for their critters
collecting them
like postage stamps
collecting some
in litters
ali baba
went abroad
in abject
he bought a boat
on which he’ll float
absent of obligations
the sea will be his alibi
soon he’ll realize
some beasts fly


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

what did you say?

demolitionthe house next door
is coming down
with very loud
today’s a day
for us to vanish
change our
aural scenery
headphones on
and heading out
wise and sound advice
we are nearing
loss of hearing
progress has a price

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picture by vhsPfaffenhofen, courtesy
constructed for the Daily prompt – vanish
befitting of the Daily prompt – sound

a host of heaven’s angels

last night i had a close call
that threatened my survival
a panoply of angels serenaded my arrival
sang heavenly to music that was
mystical and healing
and i’ll admit
the sights and sounds
made staying there appealing
it was just like i pictured it
a choir arrayed in white
was interspersed among the clouds
that drew me to the light
a host of heaven’s angels
awaited my decline
but that was then
and this is now
and now i’m feeling fine
i’m glad to know
that when i go
that i will have a shot
if i am brave
and i behave
i hope they’ll save
my spot

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by mabel amber, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – panoply
floating with the Daily prompt – mystical- while i work up a new verse

what arnold failed to say

if arnold wasn’t lying
if arnold was sincere
there will be lots of food
we will not be pursued
and we’ll be safe in here
what arnold didn’t tell us
what arnold failed to say
what arnold skipped decidedly
we won’t have any privacy
we’ll swim around in circles
the place is fully furnished
the lights are always on
we haven’t found an exit
so how is arnold gone?


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by dorigo, courtesy
created for the daily prompt – sincere
swimming with the Daily prompt – gone – while i work on something new
on view with the Daily prompt – privacy – until something else pops up

an iffy endeavor

the bunny was unhoppable
his jumping spree unstoppable
so leap frog, an iffy endeavor
his long ears flopping to and fro
he couldn’t stop, he couldn’t, so
they banned him from playing forever
poor little dude, he
was kicked out, like rudy,
outcast and downcast and blue
no leap frog, no kick the can
no hopscotch no hunt the man

no pin the tail on the moose


the bunny was unflappable
and also fairly practical,
he was an enterprising bunny

his solution was the simplest:
he entered the olympics
and now he’s making tons of money

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
gif courtesy
Daily Prompt – banned