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the geese flocked to the zoo to see
a gaggle of themselves
with other little statuettes
on other little shelves
the souvenir shop had stocked up
on groups of every critter
from bloats of hungry hippos
to a lounge of leaping lizards
some foxes skulked into the shop
they bought a pack of rats
followed by a baboon troop
who sought a cloud of bats
alligators congregated curiously too
sure they’d heard of caribou
they came to catch a few


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picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – heard

misadventures of the young inventor

he built himself
a craft
to serve him
as a raft
old bottles were
the base of it
with plywood on
the face of it
the ocean got
a taste of it
and swallowed it
for dinner
lucky thing that boy
is a good swimmer



©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by modi74, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt craft

i insist

the wind said
that’s a
lovely hat
a hat
i can’t
the girl said
please take it,
you can have it,
i insist

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picture courtesy
Daily prompt – resist

the importance of being yellow


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
watch Minions againminion-888824_960_720
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


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

not so hot at standing in line

the firefly
went to the bank
to check, I guess,
her balance
hers may be
much better than mine
but she’s not so hot at
standing in line
in spite of
her other talents

2 masked robbers stormed the joint
flashing their automatics
and the firefly
to prove a point
in a manner most undemocratic
turned on the charm
until both were disarmed
which another time might seem immoral
but the 2 were so stunned
that they put down their guns
and withdrew without any withdrawal

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – automatic
inspired by a real firefly in a real bank

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


they wrapped up
prostate surgery
doctor-79579_960_720the team went
out for drinks
someone left
their android
in the o.r.,
so he thinks….
a simple little
is keeping allen
up all night
with a buzzing
in his balls
every time the
smart phone gets a call

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by tps dave, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – oversight

the wholly holey unholy pair

and underpaid
are clinging
the undercroft
under where
they’re singing
Father Herman’s
sleight of hand
removes the holey pair
he heads up for
his sermon
and he leaves them
laying there
it’s a roaring
that brings them
to their knees
and while they’re
genuflecting there
he’s thankful
for the breeze

Pastor Holding Bible

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

the man in the purple suit

check out the shimmy on jimmy
look at what’s shakin’ on jake
going by him he
lives in the gym he’s
got moves though that
make the earth quake!

the man in the purple can movepurple-suit
somethin’ to say or to prove
the man in the purple suit rocks
even got lavender socks!

pink spandex pants on petunia
clinging like flies to old fruit
she wobbles and rolls
doesn’t know she’s got holes
the ‘tude says she thinks it looks cute.

these two fashion potentates are stand out
an eye-popping, mind boggling pair
but neither will catch
this aesthetical match
or notice the other one’s there!

© 1998 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by, courtesy
inspired by 2 real people getting off the ferry one day
Daily prompt – aesthetic
Daily prompt – purple

no sneakers

the marathon began at 1
a thousand avid ants
fire-ants-1790262_960_720now race across the kitchen floor
i’ve tried but yet i can’t
locate the place the race began
to staunch the flow or stop it
it seems to end where my veal cutlet
landed when i dropped it
the runners wear no sneakers
no numbers on their backsfire-ants-1790262_960_720
their uniform is, to an ant,
entirely jet black
they don’t get winded
don’t slow down
they’re made of tougher stuff
i cheer them on with insect spray
i hope i have enough

© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by skeeze, courtesy
created for the  Daily prompt – marathon
participating in the Daily prompt – avid