his heart was on his sleeve

meerkat and butterfly
some might say that bobby was
being all too obvious
you could agree with them because
his heart was on his sleeve
miss lucinda’s hobby was
snobby is as snobby does
pretentious thing
she prob’ly was
and we’re all quite relieved…
when we get on our wobbly buzz
we’re more out there than bobby was
she wouldn’t last a minute on thanksgiving.
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picture by lucky2013, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – obvious

when i fell into your eyes

since you landed on the scene
a constant state of stimulation
a high smile that won’t leave
high speed imagination
yet fear lurksA photo by Greg Rakozy. unsplash.com/photos/SSxIGsySh8o
you will have to
move on
you will have to
have a life
(please don’t)
you have been
an inspiration
a fixation
my daydream
my hesitation
i can’t imagine solitude
since you landed in my life
non-stop provocation
as in the spine tingle that goes
from toes up and around
and around and around
when i fell into your eyes
and you enveloped me
and you don’t have a clue
i’m stuck inside of you

© 2012 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by Greg Rakozy, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – eyes
spending time with the Daily prompt – someday, until something new arrives

his what?

can’t control my thinking
or board another train
his eyes
his smile
his hands
his hands
his hands
can’t  turn it off/
bad bad me
his hair
his eyes
his handshis smile
his hands
his hands
his hands
the constant state
bad me
bad bad me
his words
his hair
his eyes
his smile
his hands
his hands
his hands

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picture by joao silas, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – obsessed

sticky notes – the sequel

sticky doodle

he believes
are just for wimps
and girly men
he doodles
on the sticky pad
and orders in


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Daily prompt – apology
here’s the original sticky notes

to have you look my way

what do you admire he asked
while i admire you?
what is it you’re looking at?
what can a person do
to have your full attention
to have you look my way?
tell me how to win you back

tell me what to say.

there’s no one here but you & me
no other human being…
what is it you’re looking at?
what is it you’re seeing?
what’s it gonna take for you
to look me in the eye?
what is it you’re thinking
while you’re staring at the sky?


she sighed she said
when we first wed
you were another guy
she sighed she said
her love was dead
she sighed she said


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picture by unsplash, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – admire

how real is your love

how real is your love
she asked
would you walk across a desert
with the hot sun beating down
would you take up economics
would you dress up like a clown
if all or any of this
meant we
could be
a team

how real is your love
he replied
would you not ask silly questions
with my cool heart turning mean
would you take up cleaning & cooking
would you dress up like a queen
if all and I mean all of this
meant we
could be
a team

no she said
i will not  be your slave
no he said
i will not be your knave
so they broke up

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by hans, courtesy pixabay.com
created just for the
Daily prompt – desert
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silent partner

this passive person
has no doubts
but all the time
to think them out
he’s seldom apprehensive
almost always pensive
staring somewhere wistfully
never really seeing me

maybe he’s alive in dreams
maybe then he laughs and screams
maybe he buys real estate
maybe he participates
out here he just aggravates
who knows what life inside may be
i sure don’t know,  he won’t  tell me

walruses, photo by Jay Ruzesky, courtesy unsplash.com

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by jay ruzesky, courtesy unsplash.com
Daily Prompt – pensive
Daily Prompt – a whole lot of maybe
Daily Prompt – doubt

what happened?

he took a path that wasn’t there
he wandered on for miles
he missed their little voices
and their silly little smiles
he lost the thread of time and thought
he could be lost for good
he had no base survival skills
for living in the woods
who knows where this is going
he knows where it’s been
and he also knows there is no way
he can go back again

what happened
photo by Annie Spratt, courtesy unsplash.com

© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning

daily prompt – survival
daily prompt – base


The Tale of the Whale

I fell into the soulful eyes
of the mesmerizing whale
she wanted me to knowwhale
to see
to feel somehow
the way that she
was feeling, had been
for some years
this gorgeous creature
salty tears
a family
left on their own….
so far from home….
the whale, forgiving,
not forgetting,
a spouse, a child,
her sister’s wedding,
her momma’s passing,
her backyard pool…
hey okay so I’m a fool
to read so much into her sighs,
her size, her soulful eyes,
her sing-song cries
she wanted to play
she wanted to say
don’t go away,
you get me.


© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
this tale was inspired entirely
by an actual encounter at the
Aquarium in Coney Island

Discover challenge – sing