the enemy

today i have
an enemy
the enemy is
just contemplating
that all day
has been too

it brought my
mood down
seven flights
and left me
at the bottom
so please somebody
rescue me
with daft smiles,
if you’ve got ’em


©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by tookapic, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – seriousness


apathy don’t give a damnapathy
who i was or what i am
it don’t care what
i want to be
it hasn’t even
heard of me
apathy don’t really know
how to let its feelings show
how to summon energy
or move with more
than lethargy
apathy can’t love or hate
it don’t care if it makes you wait
apathy is not a who
and yet it makes me think of you

©  1978 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture courtesy
Daily prompt – heard

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


©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

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

© 2015 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by the spectacular and zany siddie bowtie
created for the Daily prompt – simple

almost criminal

the word today is liminal
a word that’s almost criminal
that borders on the threshold
doorway-981803__480without coming in or going
unfit for conversation
without awkward hesitation
you wouldn’t say it to a friend
at least not one worth knowing
it has no trace of poetry
it paints a picture woefully
it shouldn’t be in greeting cards
it shouldn’t be in letters
it lingers on the precipice
it is, today, my nemesis
let’s pool our hopes together
that tomorrow’s word is better
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by terimakashiO courtesy
created for the Daily Prompt – liminal

brain freeze

today the words
won’t percolateautumn-1804592_960_720
the blood to brain
won’t circulate
i’m going to
and hang out with
the sun today
the clouds the leaves
the passing breeze
may blow my blues away
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by tpsdave, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – percolate

peaceful resistance

last night i overheard a spat
i wasn’t meant to hear
i went outside to call the cat
the sky was midnight clear
the moon held to
her lofty perch
despite a bracing breeze
that got into an argument
and wrestled with the trees
give me all your leaves it said
the crying leaves held tighter
a howling roar did nothing more
than make the moon shine brighter
the trees’ peaceful resistance
made the wind rage even stronger
the cat and i went back inside
couldn’t listen any longer
today i think i’ll stay inside
i just don’t want to see
how it all shook out last night
or the mess they left for me
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by rob pettengill courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – lofty

he never made the majors

baseball-931712_960_720he was a heavy hitter but
he never made the majors
despite the fervent hopes
of all his family
and neighbors
they cheered him through
each new at-bat
he got some wood
each time and
he didn’t have
the follow through
to get around the diamond
he never hit a home run
he couldn’t even score
so now you know
why he’s not playing
baseball anymore…
she invites him over
he feels a bit uptight there
he only gets to second base
it’s his recurring nightmare


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy
created for the daily prompt – base

the daily prompt is fickle

the daily prompt’s
not getting mekitty-175163_960_720
i’ve linked a
bunch of times
i don’t show
on their page
but their link works
fine on mine
the word today
was bludgeon
now this is
that one’s cousin
if i have to write a dozen
just to link
bludgeon me now
the daily prompt is fickle
it’s a grass-fed dairy cow
i was shocked
i had a verse
but now no one
will see it
could this day
be any worse?

here’s my first response to the prompt which,
as of 8:52 p.m., is still not linking right:
subtle like a hammer

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by dmgreen44, courtesy
created for the daily prompt – bludgeon

out of order

today i am in surgery
tomorrow i should
hope to be
a new, bionic, me
waving_tigeri set this verse up on delay
so i won’t have to miss a day
cuz i’m a daily
poster, chronically
it’s nothing major, just a hip
but i’m so happy
i may trip (!)
cuz i will be titanium
can’t wait to dance
can’t wait to stomp
i’ma hafta miss
the daily prompt
and that’s the one thing
messin’ with my cranium

so here’s to you,
my wordpress peeps
i’ll see you in
my morphine sleep
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
*props to my girl sia for the song titanium