inept, except

close-up-1836666_960_720can’t draw a straight line
even with a ruler
prob’ly why i tend to think
the wavy ones look cooler
can’t clean a plate right
can’t wash a car
can’t paint a mailbox
can’t play guitar
i’m talented at other things
some other people ain’t
so i don’t let it get me down
i maximize my strengths

© 2015 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by pexels, courtesy
Daily prompt – clean

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

sink or swim

cynthia’s not waiting
for a miracle no more
she’s taken it
upon herself
to be the change emergency-exit-696656_960_720
they’re waiting for
she’s boning up
on how to do
and what to say
and when
and why not leave
and take the kids
and bring this
to an end
new action plan
is risky,
sink or swim,
but she was
slowly drowning
without ever jumping in


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

the best of me


this day could be enjoyable
this day may hold surprises
but i will never know
if i don’t
open up my eye-ses
whatever comes at me today
i’ll try to greet it nicely
what if it’s an earthquake?
well i’m not sure, precisely
what if it’s an unpaid bill?
what if it’s a flood?
what if it’s some ghoulish guy
who wants to suck my blood?
what if it’s a plague of frogs?
i haven’t got a clue
but i’ll just bring
the best of me
and she’ll know what to do

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by wild one, courtesy
posted on delay while recovering from surgery yesterday

calm yourself

trying not to panic
panic makes things worse
control the things
i can control
focus on the verse
panic-1393619_960_720the world is
closing in on me
the challenges
i will rise
as i have risen
but damn…
this is intense
distract myself
with comedy
mute the
inner screaming
sip some tea
with no caffeine
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by creozavr courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – panic
it would be criminal to keep this from the Daily prompt – calm

ever the optimist

couldn’t get behind
the gripes the groans the grind
of downward spiral thinking
drowning in your drinking
why me why now why here why
i’d rather laugh than cry
rather live than die
rather do than nothing
revel, rabble rouse
cajole, console, consort, carouse
raise up the roof
and bring down the house
no jumping off bridges
no falling on swords
happiness is
its own reward
ever the optimist


© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – jump


never underestimate the box

if i were a box i’d be
whatever my box maker made of me
no voice
no choice
no black rolls royce….

hey, no more assumptions,
a box with some gumption(s)
could have tricks up its sleeve
could bob, could weave,
could maybe work in pottery
could maybe win the lottery
could be a superhero who
could  violin like nero would
could solve a host of world dilemmas
just like that, like no problema(s)
could be a house,
could be a bus,
could be the smartest one of us,
could weather all humilities,
tap untold possibilities,
could go for Nobel prizes…

a box who otherwise is
underutilized as i is
could be full of surprises.

© 2014 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – maybe
Daily prompt – dilemma