swt up

i promise you
my aim
is not
to hurt you
but to help
call me
i am in
the middle
i can be
the bridge
to bring
you back
don’t shoot
your angry
at me
i won’t be
strong enough
to give you
the support
you’ll need
to get across

swt up


© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – bridge

in the genes


had he inherited father’s brains
he would never know so much
had he inherited father’s courage
he would use mother as a crutch

had he inherited mother’s trust
he would never trust another
and he would never love again
had he inherited love from mother

had he inherited father’s patience
he wouldn’t be able to wait until later.
had he inherited mother’s estate
maybe now he wouldn’t hate her

© 1977 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – trust

made-up games

the day the blackout came
with nothing but a candle flame
they saw each other better
then they had in broad daylight
they played some made-up games
and laughed like the insane
they ate a lot of ice cream

and they stayed up late that nightboxing-gloves-1709174_960_720

the next morning at sunrise
the power was restored
they retreated to their corners
and went back to keeping score

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

we were once pangaea

we were once pangaea,
a continent connected,
but lately laws of gravity
have left us unprotected.
disputes propelled us
kinetics moved us
out to sea,
we are metaphysically
strangers, unexpectedly.
like islands floating
fast away
solidifying distance,
we just can’t seem
to come to terms
with peaceful coexistence.
our conversation’s
shallow now,
our smiles
are artificial,
we choose our sides,
we shield our pride,
our friendship’s
as we drift further
from the core
of what this family
was before.
©2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily Prompt – connected
picture by marinebio.net courtesy bing images.com
hanging with the Daily prompt – artificial – until something newer arrives