his triumph’s temporary

he tosses out a racial slur
like it’s o.k. to say
believing, with his man in charge,
that things have gone his way
that now he has his rights back
to hate and pass it on
not seeing that no matter what
the future marches on
that those who know
and those who’ve learneddracumel_by_darransims
that everyone is equal
that those survivors
of the years
will not accept a sequel
his triumph’s temporary
good people will prevail
and he’ll be sent
back to his rock
his legs around his tail


© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by darran sims, courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – slur

the right of fight or flight

when the zombies come
don’t be a hero
don’t be dumb
don’t be a fool statistically
survive realistically
when the vampires land
don’t stick around
don’t make a stand
don’t try to find
the right size stake
for heaven’s sake
when the new year starts
don’t give up hope
do not lose heart
don’t leave this country
and help protect it

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

snake in the grass

he charms you with
his promises
you feel a subtle quiver
as he heads
in your direction
his wealth
you think
means strength
and sense,
his power
means intellect
you’re so enthralled
you’re missing all
the clues
of disconnect
he sports his little flag pin
so he must be patriotic
you cannot see
his rule would be
a step above despotic
you’re caught up in
the moment
for the moment
he’s the rage
you shiver
as he slithers
to the stage
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by kapa65, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily Prompt – shiver
perfect for the Daily prompt – promises, while i work on something new