when it came to hanging hour

she told him she’d
stop by at 3
she needed him
for hanging
at 2:00 his knees
were banging
at 2:15 his palms
were wet
at half-past he was
bathed in sweat
when she got back
she gave a call
and found him
curled up in a ball
when it came
to hanging hour
in his cowardice
he cowered
i guess he didn’t
the kind of hanging
she had planned



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

howard the coward

this morning little howard is
exhibiting his cowardice
he’s skitterish
and squeamish
he’s turning kinda greenish
but mostly streaked with yellow
he’s a frightened little fellow
i have to laugh at what has caused
this little guy to soil his paws
he isn’t going mad, oh no,
he’s just seen his shadow grow
he’s no puppy,
he’s a chicken

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by Elena Donà, courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – cowardice

darkness at the hands of the blue

we’ve been around
this block before
we shouldn’t be surprised
but still somehow it shocks us
when another black man dies
at the hands of the blue
if there was no video
then nobody
would ever know
so keep on taking pictures,
keep your cameras rolling
it makes me worry
how many more
that no one’s
heard from any more
these days we’ve got to
do our own patrolling

and everybody knows
they’ll walk
that’s how it always goes
they’ll walk
and live happily ever after
far away from the lives they’ve shattered
lives that don’t matter
to the hands of the blue

this shit will never stop
if they never give a cop a penalty
courtesy, respect,
that’s what they’ll never get from me
until they give it
and until they do their time…
murder is a crime, if you’re civilian,
but boy put on the blue and you can kill some too
and hide that part of you that is reptilian
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by bykst, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – darkness