the importance of being yellow

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i know a girl
who didn’t
like yellow
they took it away
and what then?
butterfly-979557_960_720the sun left the sky
and the
butterflies died
and she couldn’t
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bananas and lemons
no longer existed
and so there
was no lemonade
daffodils left
and the daisies
went too
and the gardens
looked saddened
and faded

all the taxis
were gonecity-1265055_960_720
and the moon
had moved on
and the rainbows background-1466088_960_720.png
were mostly
just blue
because yellow
was used

to create
other hues
green and orange
abandoned us too
adorable-15904_960_720the ducks and
the chicks
and giraffes

were all black
so the little animal-156709_960_720.png
girl wept
and at night
while she slept
they brought all
the yellow things back

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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
pictures courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – yellow
inspired by a little girl who lost her love for yellow

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pacing like a soldier

he senses she’s in danger
but she is danger too
and so he sets to guarding
from a distance
he thought he was
a stronger man
a smarter man
but this girl can
strip from him
all semblance
of resistance
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he’s pacing like a soldier
a detective on a stakeout
he’s pacing with his starbucks
and his cigarette just lit
tomorrow
he’ll stop smoking
get a haircut
drink less caffeine
but she’s the only thing
that he can’t quit
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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – filter

just for a smile from her

the gyro guy turned zealous
when nina brought her daughter
he served us all with relish
no matter what we ordered
this quiet man in seconds
became a raconteur
and entertained us playfully
just for a smile from hernyt-food-cart-vets-at-met
the relish was delicious
as some of you could guess
it may have been nutritious
but the falafels were a mess
that was just a year ago
but not surprisingly
he’s dating nina’s daughter now
we all get lunch for free

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – relish

snake in the sequel

a sequel of sorts
to snake in the grass
snake-676335_960_720not all snakes
are dangerous
but human snakes
can be
snake-676335_960_720graceful
exotic
hateful
hypnotic
you won’t know
what kind
of snake
until he’s
right up in
your face
shoulda,
woulda,
didn’t,
damn,
ah well,
too late
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by kapa65, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily Prompt – graceful

wi-fi hot spot

i just got a text
and frankly i’m perplexed
i don’t have a cell phone
so how could they
have found me?
i just got a text
including autocorrect
if i’m right about
who sent it,
it astounds me
i just got a text
and really, now,
what’s next?
i can’t unplug:
technology surrounds me.

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
created for the Daily prompt – perplexed

the news is pretty twisted

al madrigal.PNGthere’s al madrigal
interviewing radicals
tryin’ to wring humor from
extremists unrestricted
lewis black gets ever madder
is it funnier or sadder?
he’s a pretty angry fellow
but when journalism’s yellow
we need comedy to tell the news
when hatred’s used to sell the news
the news is pretty twisted
where’s the walter cronkitescbs_evening_news_with_cronkite_1968
and the journalistic ethics
i wish the people watching fox
were watching it like skeptics
i wish they all
could see it
in the way these “newsmen” act
these people aren’t giving you the facts
jon-stewart-bs

regurgitating talking points
the same sound bites each minute
telling you don’t use your mind
just take it how we spin it
if we watched cable news all day
we’d all be talking dumb
so thanks again jon stewart and
the daily show alum

Ω
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
created for the Daily prompt – radical
reporting for the Daily prompt – yellow, while i
work on something new
images courtesy bing.com/images
gif courtesy giphy.com

autonomous automaton’s vacation- a sequel

view the original, autonomous automatons forbidden

the robot, now autonomous,
from his favorite seat in the back of the bus,
recounted all the great things he’d accomplished…
he’d fought the fight and won the war
for robot rights, but wait, there’s more:
he got a job at the Apple store…
another robot might have been more pompous
he checked his phone for new sound bites
and looked up travel package sites
his benefits included one week paid
he’d saved a lot of money up

he wanted some place sunny but
some parts of him did better in the shade

he google-mapped exotic spots
not too rainy, not too hot
someplace he could travel to by boat
he liked indoor facilities
and it would need utilities,
so… something far away but not remote
and it would need wall outlets, by and large,
‘cuz after all the point was to recharge

robot-vacation

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
original robot by brent worden deviantart.com, courtesy bing.com/images
alligator boxers & background by me & clip art
created for the Daily prompt – recharge

repeating in a loop

a melody is haunting me
it follows where i go
it’s amplified
when i’m inside
with lyrics i don’t know
so ba da dee
da doobie doo
it came from some commercial
singing sea-gull-648774_960_720da skeet marie
do doobie dee
insipid and inertial
la bee li bo
i didn’t know
it was so resolute
with scoopy doo
and tigger too
repeating in a loop
we found a cure
for clinging tunes
it takes concerted effort
we drown them out
with something else
intrinsically no better
it helps to know the lyrics
and the melody by heart
two princes by the spin doctors
is where we always start
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by the films42, courtesy bing.com/images
Daily prompt – melody
Discover challenge – that lingering song

seeing snakes

i’ve reached 1 in slither.io,
which i learned
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you play a snake

on his lunch break…

it captivates like voodoo,
now lunch has turned to dinner.

it’s so addictive i virtually

forget to feed the real me,

so at least i’m getting thinner

but it also makes me jittery

cuz i’m seeing snakes now,
constantly, in my periphery
…Ω…

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©2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
slither.io – be warned, it’s habit-forming
made for the daily prompt – reach

oscar, oscar, oscar

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i’m no longer
craving fame
some today have
killed the name
i wouldn’t want to
have to act
like i respect
or like them
or their greed
or their need
while we’re
backstage at the oscars
co-presenting,
for some reason

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
oscar statuette picture by dwilliams, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – craving