on easter


on easter it was quite a thrill
to meet you out on old horse hill
you with your yellow ribbons and bows
you with nail polish on your fingers & toes
you with unnatural curls in your hair
you who your mother dolled up with great care.
and then to compare our baskets of food
which often left me in a very bad mood.
me with my jellies and chocolate bars
you with your bunnies and big candy stars
large eggs and small eggs and thick chocolate fudge–
— you never knew that i carried a grudge.

©1975 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by engel62 , courtesy pixabay.com
daily prompt – carry


invitationme & dawn
are getting
yellow daisies
will be carried
and for the aisle
we’ll use her walk
and draw an altar
out of chalk.
start at one
and after
we’ll have
lots of fun
at the party
in her back yard
for which you need
a membership card

©1975 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by lovetotakephotos , courtesy pixabay.com
daily prompt – carry
attending the Daily prompt – invitation, until something new arrives

if the wind comes

best friends

the tree
in the field
found a buddy
a pal in the form of a cloud
secrets were shared
souls were bared
games were enjoyed
tricks were employed
a day in the life
of two once-lonely boys
who somehow had found each other
as night creeps in
the tree
whispers almost inaudibly
will you be here tomorrow
the cloud says oh yes
and we’ll make up more games
but if the wind comes
i may not look the same
you’ll know it’s me when you
say my name
my name is best friends forever
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
this story was brought about by the Daily prompt – clouds,
and this amazing picture by Bessi, courtesy bing.com/images
and now it’s telling me it would be crazy to leave it out of the Daily Prompt – wind
and insane to not let it play with the Daily prompt – tree


    It’s been a long line
                               of long talks
                                           and big laughs
                                                   and open ears,
                                           it’s been years.
                          It’s been a strong bond
                 to lean on
         and dance with
and share tears.
          I can’t begin,
                 well I guess I’ve begun,
                          but I can’t express,
                                  well I guess I’m expressing,
                                           the depths of my love
                                                   for the friend of my life
                                                                     that is you.
                                                            You make me feel
                                                            You make me feel
                                                     It’s been a long life
                                           of long roads
                                   and potholes
                          and bare bones,
                  and as long as
         you’ve been in it
I have never
         been alone.

© September 2014 kStan(ly) Lanning – for Tony
Daily prompt – depth
Discover weekly Challenge – shared journeys