the woo is the glue

woo gluethe woo is the glue
that holds us together
if it weren’t for her
we’d be strapped in
with leather
criss-crossed arms
and a muzzle no doubt
to keep the crazy
from seeping out
the woo is the paste
that keeps us in place
she’s the marilyn
to our munsters
if i am grampa
and he is herman,
that tall disarming gruntster

© 1998 and 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – doubt

you are the center


the company
you keep
can make
your day
and make
your heart
and if i had
my way
then we would
never be apart
you are the party
you are the center
of the world
my man
my girl
the center of
my world

© 2003 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
 Daily prompt – center

you are art

you are art
all your life you’ll be
1zr3wnstnvy-aaron-burdenremember that for me
you can’t help
but be that way
it’s in your dna
so go ahead and
live life loud
the ups & downs
the ins & outs
but take your camera,
pencils, paints,
you got something
others ain’t
let it take you
to new places
let it help you
get through stasis
someday when they’re so inclined
your stars may align
and even if they never do
there will remain a piece of you
take heart
are art


© 2015 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by aaron burden, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – someday

the long long year ahead

on christmas day
we get up when
the youngest one
says please
we open giftschristmas-presents-595850__340
they beat their games
and watch their dvds
next day they file
away their gifts
according to what sort
they’re organized,
for kids of mine,
it’s like a second sport
next day hence
they mope about
they don’t know
why they’re living
and this goes on
for many days
’til round about
when once again
excitement makes
them both come back awake
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by melissa reese etheridge, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – mope

my anomaly

my little queen
she skipped right past
the princess phase
and went straight on
to queen
less like a figure-headed type
more like a figurine
uncanny, just how elegant
this girl has always been
her eyes intense
her common sense
her skin like
her class just doesn’t
somehow she never lets it
such perfection is my girl…
i don’t know where
she gets it

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – elegant
if you liked this one you might like this, which further explains,
or for that matter, any of these from the “my two” category

if we’re smart

geese-1406725_960_720you spend your life
looking for the thing
that lasts
something to help
the time to pass
it’s not your youth
it’s not your friends
it’s not your health
these inevitably end
but family
if you do it right
if you’re lucky enough
can come pretty close
until death do we part
if we’re smart

© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by Diego Torres, courtesy
Daily prompt – youth


moon night-1478122_960_720when the moon was little
she’d peek through our
window at night
and we’d let her sleep over
if her momma said alright
she wore her cute pajamas
with tiny yellow flowers
she’d giggle with woo and a.k.
and keep them up all hours
now that the moon is
a grown-up
she rarely comes inside
and hardly ever sleeps over
she’s far too dignified
the woo and a.k. have
grown some too
no longer the great pretenders
but we still smile every once in a while
when the sight of her makes us remember
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by schueler-design , courtesy
created for the daily prompt – moon
playing with the daily prompt – tiny

perhaps means maybe

bonding-1407833_960_720when wooper was
a little girl
almost still
a baby
she would ask
i’d say perhaps
she’d coo “perhaps?
perhaps means maybe!”
her giddy joy
was apropos:
she knew that “maybe”
didn’t mean “no”.
now wooper is
a little grown
really quite
a lady
if you happen
to say “perhaps”
you’ll see us grin
from deep within
perhaps means maybe!”
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by sibahk, courtesy
Daily prompt – maybe

a day with the woo and dudu too

white-snow-geese-426779_960_720there’s nothing like
a day with the woo
a park
a play
a film
a zoo
any place
at all
will do
she makes me think
she makes me proud
and dudu
makes me laugh too loud
we three
in this moment
are free
a great thing for
three silly geese to be
a day with them both
at the least
is enlightening
and a future with neither
is amazingly frightening
…     Ω     …

© 2009 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by 70154, courtesy
Discover weekly Challenge – shared journeys


now that wooper drives


now that wooper drives
it’s nice to be a passenger
take a break like greyhound said
and leave the driving to her
breathe in the air,
take in the views,
appreciate what we’re passing,
read the funny road signs,
see other people laughing
ooooh at pretty houses,
fancy pools and patios,
make faces at the kids in cars
so they know we’re simpatico

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by caleb whiting , courtesy
this verse is here thanks to the Daily prompt – drive,
and also thanks to another lovely day with the wooper at the wheel