everything he had he gave

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Benjamin was generous
a man above all men for us
the guy that you could go to
when your ship has run aground
.
a kind word rested on his lips
for anyone down on their chips
and sage advice was handed out
like cool rain falling down
.
everything he had he gave
money, shelter, food, first-aid…
he passed away in poverty
the richest man around

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by joggie courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – generous

snake in the grass

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he charms you with
his promises
prosperity,
protection
you feel a subtle quiver
as he heads
in your direction
his wealth
you think
means strength
and sense,
his power
means intellect
you’re so enthralled
you’re missing all
the clues
of disconnect
he sports his little flag pin
so he must be patriotic
you cannot see
his rule would be
a step above despotic
you’re caught up in
the moment
for the moment
he’s the rage
you shiver
as he slithers
to the stage
hissssss
°°ς°°
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by kapa65, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily Prompt – shiver
perfect for the Daily prompt – promises, while i work on something new

another unarmed teenager

hope was working e.r.
gabe was working vice
they differed in opinion
on the scope of civil rights
he had lost a partner
she had lost a son
her youngest was a victim
of a blue hand with a gun
gabe arrived with a bullet wound
a case of friendly fire
she treated him expertly,
with compassion he admired
while he was in recovery
she’d visit with her patient
they talked about humanity
in coffee conversations

yesterday another youth
was brought down by the blue
another unarmed teenager
with not enough to do
today they’re marching
for their rights,
the stakes keep getting higher
of course she’s at the protest
and that’s him, right there beside her

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by the conversation.com, and poster by at2w, both courtesy bing.com/images
Daily prompt – vice
Daily prompt – protest

the ghost in the window

inside her darkened mansion
the music has moved on
the floorboards groan now
when she roams
the empty grand salon
they used to entertain in here
the infamous elite
now she gently brushes
a dusty tapestry
she rings a bell for service
no servant will appear
she forgets
she let them go
when things went south last year
she used to be a VIP,
returned a quick riposte,
she lost her child to tragedy
but she became the ghost
      ……….Ω……….
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by jelly ng , courtesy pixabay.com
created for the daily prompt – ghost
and haunting the daily prompt – year – while
i work on something new

waiting for an angel

 

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craving comfort
craving human
decency
she is waiting
for an angel
to relieve
her misery
craving something
more than hunger
she’s not getting
any younger
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture from water-4-elephants, courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – craving

sticky notes – the sequel

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

 

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
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
goodbye.
Ω

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – admire

the memory is going

words that tumbled fruitfully
that capped a thought conclusively
and were all his exclusively
are hiding out elusively
no longer overflowing
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these same words clung
to the top of his brain
to the tip of his tongue
now there’s no way of knowing
if they’re in there at all
stuck in back by the wall
underneath the mothballs
he tells us what he can recall
but the memory is going
““
what’s left for us is to celebrate
not to agitate or to aggravate
to assist him and appreciate
to listen and commiserate
and not to mourn his slowing
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by skitterphoto, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – elusive
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he built his house with no windows

a neighbor of mine for the last 15 years
was a mystery to us all
he was friendly enough
his appearance was rough
and ruddy in old overalls
he built his house with no windows
at least there were none we could see
it was good for our minds
to imagine what kinds
of reasons for that there could be
i liked to envision a glass wall
that ran from the roof to the ground
that covered the back
where he’d sit, sip and snack
and revel in privacy’s sounds
my son imagined he kidnapped
a whole bunch of kids he kept hidden
and for years he would keep
to our side of the street
’til a neighbor assured us he didn’t
my daughter imagined a built-in pool
that the man would just swim in all day
no other rooms, ‘cuz the house, she presumed
was just used as his own get-away
he died in his house
with no windows
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perhaps an
aversion to glass
the only way
anyone noticed
was the smell
when a neighbor
walked past
the police said it
might have been
heatstroke
or it might
have been cardiac
but they kindly shared
what they learned in there
there were also no windows in back.

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by geralt, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – glass