her silences become her

she doesn’t volunteer
the facts
you have to
pull them from herhug-1315545_960_720
you have to learn
to use some tact
her silences
become her
she keeps her profile
dark and low
so no old fiends
can find her
she doesn’t need
to retrogress
her battle scars
remind her
she doesn’t interact
at work
with other personnel
she spends her
spare time comforting
young victims like herself
…..

 

 

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

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
cynthia’s
new action plan
is risky,
sink or swim,
but she was
slowly drowning
without ever jumping in
…..

 

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

balancing act

he balanced
on the border
between
lunacy and cool
the slightest breeze
could tip the scales
and there was me,
the fool,
to set him off
fist-1561157_960_720to kick his rage
to shake the
angry lion’s cage
the egg shells that
i walked on
cracked
a misplaced word
has set us back
and it’s my fault,
of course
i balance
on the border
between
mercy and divorce
Ω
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by pavlofox, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – border

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
immense
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
keep
deep
breathing
keep
deep
breathing
.
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by creozavr courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – panic
it would be criminal to keep this from the Daily prompt – calm
.

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

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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

five fingers

five fingers got him in this mess
a foolish game
no more no lessChild's hands in handcuffs
his buddies scattered
with the breeze
when the cop yelled freeze
°
the witness swore she’d
tell the truth
the truth and nothing but
she had her own agenda
inner demons to rebut
and so she modified the facts
exonerating evan
who changed his ways
and may one day
still make it into heaven
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – witness

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

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

waiting for an angel

 

craving contactlonely-old-woman
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

darkness at the hands of the blue

we’ve been around
this block before
we shouldn’t be surprised
but still somehow it shocks us
when another black man dies
at the hands of the blue
”””
cemetery-1002780_1280
if there was no video
then nobody
would ever know
so keep on taking pictures,
keep your cameras rolling
it makes me worry
how many more
that no one’s
heard from any more
these days we’ve got to
do our own patrolling
”””

and everybody knows
they’ll walk
that’s how it always goes
they’ll walk
and live happily ever after
far away from the lives they’ve shattered
lives that don’t matter
to the hands of the blue

”””
this shit will never stop
if they never give a cop a penalty
courtesy, respect,
that’s what they’ll never get from me
until they give it
and until they do their time…
murder is a crime, if you’re civilian,
but boy put on the blue and you can kill some too
and hide that part of you that is reptilian
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by bykst, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – darkness

keep my fire company

candle-1368940_960_720

candle,
burning
just like me,
keep my fire
company,
calm my nerves,
relieve my fears,
warm my hurt,
dry my tears,
and when
your calm
is mine
to keep,
ease me,
softly,
into sleep

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© 1974 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by ParagKini, courtesy pixabay.com
originally linked to the Daily prompt – burn
but it must play with the Daily prompt – candle
while i work on a new one
and it insists that the Daily prompt – calm
is it’s middle name