the blur…

…a moment in childhood

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a blur just went by
sudden and fast
it was here for a second
and then it was past
it was white and enormous
or yellow and wee
it went by so quickly
i couldn’t quite see
but i know it went by,
i’m not dreaming, because
a crowd is now staring
at where the blur was

whether the blur was
too big or to small
a low-flying bat or
a high-bouncing ball
a car speeding past us
or the car close behind
i decided to put the blur
out of my mind
and go on with my business
as the others insisted
forgetting that ever
the blur had existed

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the schoolyard is noisy
it’s roaring with chatter
the grown-ups are wondering
what is the matter
the students all witnessed
a similar blur
one thought it a rabbit
with fluffy white fur
one thought it a snowstorm
with one clump of snow
i said ask the teacher,
she surely would know

miss engles, the teacher,
looks sadly confused
like if she smiles or giggles
it won’t mean she’s amused
she’s saying it must be
a magical trick
a blur made with mirrors
quite large and quite thick
hung from the sky
on threads clear and strong
the students all think
she is dreadfully wrong

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the secret is out
now the whole city’s heart
of the blur that flew down
our streets like a bird
everyone’s worried
about what it could be
a ghost from the graveyard
or a beast from the sea
but it didn’t say boo
and it didn’t go yelp
the city has hired
the coast guard for help

the coast guard is searching
the sea for the blur
while the city’s in havoc
the state is astir
the people are hollering
out in the streets
and throwing themselves
at the governor’s feet
there are janitors posted
on trash red alert
in case the blur hid
underneath some old dirt

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something has happened
it’s slowed down the rush
the noise has ceased fire
there’s a deafening hush
except for a tv
in a shop for tattoos
that’s owned by a biker
that’s playing the news
a whole crowd is standing there
watching, together,
they just ran a story
and “ding! here’s the weather:
“…this just in from
the weather center
the seas will be calmer,
the winds will be gentler
if you happened to notice
some low-flying clouds
zipping through suburbs
and stirring up crowds
speeding like trains
in a terrible hurry
racing like track stars
but somewhat more blurry…

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“…says our weather pro,
the clouds were just curious
they wanted to know
what on earth was so glorious
it seems they’ve lost interest
and wafted away
so now we’re predicting
a sun-shiney day.
now back to our program
be sure to stay tuned…”
the tv flicked off
and a few people swooned
it stayed silent awhile
as the coast guard cleared out
some people went home
while some wandered about
some yelled at their children
some yelled at their wives
but everyone felt
a great change in their lives
and to this day some
still don’t trust
cloudy days or cloudy eyes
or even clouds of dust
but i myself am fond of clouds
i watch for them each day
and hope another low one comes
and carries me away
if one should come i’ll latch on fast
and hold on very tight
i think that it could carry me
i’m really very light
but i’ll hold on and sail with it
back up into the sky
if clouds can learn to walk the earth
then i can learn to fly

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© 1977 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
pictures courtesy pixabay.com
created in high school as a children’s book, but i never did find an illustrator
Daily prompt – blur

perhaps today we should not hike

the clouds are holding court
hanging low as if for sport
perhaps some cloud celebrity’s
on trial for some indecency
embezzling some cirrus guy
the clouds are crowded in the sky
packed tight from end to end
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they’re saying things that i don’t like
perhaps today we should not hike
they’re rumbling emphatically
their cheeks have greyed dramatically
perhaps they’ll cancel classes
until this cloud thing passes
and  skies are blue again
.

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

resisting physics blissfully

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if we were light as feathers
could we float on top of clouds?
it’s what i’ve always wanted,
i’ll say it, i ain’t proud…
logically it couldn’t be
a person half as big as me
would fall right through,
i know the science…
but if a feather in defiance
could cheat the laws of gravity
resisting physics blissfully
could sit up there despite the weather
that would be one lucky feather

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by jrperes, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – cheat
going with the flow of the Daily prompt – float
and it couldn’t resist this Daily prompt while i work on something new

one of the few

sunlight dancing on the water
a breeze in the trees as we wafted by
sergeant birds, all black till they flew
then yellow/orange breasts showing
and the sky – – oh the sky
angel clouds,  whale and rabbit,
or foot, or dead fish
depending on your angle
willows already weeping
egrets perched like vultures
fountains in the middle

fountains
once by magical, twice by musical,
third time, soaking wet
but yet – an adventure
bird’s eye view of the waterfall,
turtle on a log,
AK says it’s a trick
so people will go over
find out it’s fake
have to pay for the extra hour,
turtle jumps in the water
as we get closer
so many people in the park today
so many different kinds,
different things doing
but all the same
enjoying this incredible
long-awaited spring day
basking in sun rays
breathing in fresh scents
simple pleasures can still conquer all
i hope you’ll both remember this,
a good day with your father

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© 1999 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy bing.com/images
Daily prompt – clouds