no wind blows here

her mind’s become a wasteland
an arid desert town
abandoned by its residents
all that’s left is brown
nothing grows here
no wind blows here
do not ask
‘cuz no one knows here
she can’t think now
she can’t focus
today she got her diagnosis



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picture by _marion, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – arid

his triumph’s temporary

he tosses out a racial slur
like it’s o.k. to say
believing, with his man in charge,
that things have gone his way
that now he has his rights back
to hate and pass it on
not seeing that no matter what
the future marches on
that those who know
and those who’ve learneddracumel_by_darransims
that everyone is equal
that those survivors
of the years
will not accept a sequel
his triumph’s temporary
good people will prevail
and he’ll be sent
back to his rock
his legs around his tail


© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by darran sims, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – slur

a master of his crimes

he thought he was
unseen by human eyes
not the guy
the average guy
or girl would recognize
in and out of alleyways
pinching fives and dimes
he thought he was
a master of his crimes
but he was not
so he is here
and he’ll be here
for many years
imprisoned first
then ostracized
now he is invisible
unseen by human eyes


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picture by alex van, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt recognize

lonesome languor

the word today
is simple
and yet
it makes
me queasy
i’ve handled many
harder words
i thought
this would
be easy
i wish i had more time
to make a silly rhyme
to put a happy
thought to page
to be a wistful sage
like back when things were rosy
like back when life was cozy
now all collisioncourse1
my thoughts
are deep
a simple
would be
it’s hard to
even care
and what else
could i share
but wizened disrepair
nothing is grabbing me
shaking me out
of my insular

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picture by the spectacular and zany siddie bowtie
created for the Daily prompt – simple

some of us are chickens

i’m not gonna
think  about
impending devastation
the way the
planet’s headedostrich
only leads
to aggravation
i’m not gonna
focus on
eventual demise
when i think about
these things
i’m paralyzed
not everyone’s
a fighter
not every soul
is spunky
some of us
are chickens
some of us
are monkeys
some of us
are younger
some have served
our terms
someone’s got to
check in on the worms

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – devastation

ballad of a body in decline

once when i was capable
i could walk all day
start out at the ferry
and gladly make my way
home to 84th street
and then play double dutch
once i was unbreakable
once when i was capable
now it hurts
pain pain go away
i’d rather have it rain today
i’d rather have a baby
elephant or maybe
octopus or porcupine
rather than this pain of mine
that can’t be found
on radar screens
or noisy MRI machines
replace my
endo outdoor-skeleton
or please release me
let me go

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picture by the amazing, inimitable,  siddiebowtie – seriously, check out her site!
created for the Daily prompt – capable

this is how the planet ends

this is how the planet ends
uneven and off-kilter
bombs have knocked
it off its axis
clouds no longer filter
all that’s left is me and you
and four horses with riders
who salvage what they want
from all the wreckage
and the fires
no zombie-fied apocalypse
no alien invasion
global self-destruction
brings a steady certain death
and we on this occasion
share a kiss with our last breath



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picture by bycfotografem, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – uneven

the right of fight or flight

when the zombies come
don’t be a hero
don’t be dumb
don’t be a fool statistically
survive realistically
when the vampires land
don’t stick around
don’t make a stand
don’t try to find
the right size stake
for heaven’s sake
when the new year starts
don’t give up hope
do not lose heart
don’t leave this country
and help protect it

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by john hain, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – flee

don’t make them live your drama

i don’t have the inside scoop
on heroin addiction
call it what you need to
it’s a personal affliction
i don’t have an inside view
of this new epidemic
but i survived an alcoholic
so here is my polemic
i was asked so i will say
and i may come down hard
window-bear-163812_960_720please protect the children
or the children will be scarred
if you have a child
but you can’t be
a dad or momma
get the kid to someone safe
don’t make them
live your drama
let them grow up happy
as every child should be
come back to them
when you get clean
they’re the priority
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picture by public domain pictures, courtesy
created by special request for inside out at to help bring attention to the growing heroin epidemic
Daily prompt – or


swt up

i promise you
my aim
is not
to hurt you
but to help
call me
i am in
the middle
i can be
the bridge
to bring
you back
don’t shoot
your angry
at me
i won’t be
strong enough
to give you
the support
you’ll need
to get across

swt up


© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – bridge