at the other end

i have to be alone
she said
he turned to go
he didn’t though
he only stared ahead
don’t hesitate to call
he said
if you should be in need
of someone to squash spiders
or stomp on centipedes
don’t stop your hand
if you should reach
to phone to find a friend
i’ll be always waiting
at the other end

©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by tookapic, courtesy
 created for the Daily prompt – hesitate

sometimes we can

he used to be a hero
the atlas of his crew
when everybody moved away
the burden of it grew
life got overwhelmingnature-243483_960_720
he climbed inside his shell
to passing by observers he
pretended all was well
but nothing got accomplished
nothing was resolved
and in this way
his problems all devolved
his house fell down around him
plank by weary plank
he lost his job and lost his car
he stared at nothing, blank
a new girl bought
the house next door
she came to bring him pie
and seeing him in need of aid
she helped him simplify
between the two a friendship grew
that lasted to the end
sometimes we can, alone we can
sometimes we need a friend


©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by antranias, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – overwhelming

then they hit rough weather

marge and madge
were once great friends
who facebook reconnected
time had pulled them far apart
they wanted to correct it
they set off on a voyage
the purpose was renewal
but then they hit rough weather
and it ended in a duel
who would get the upper bunk
who would get the lower
who would leave all kinds of junk
who used who’s hair blower
who was always late for tea
who forgot their patience
who would who go sailing with
on subsequent vacations
margie took to instagram
madge went wild on twitter
each escalated socially
madge claiming margie bit her…
so in a way it’s sad to say
they both did some renewing:
hostilities that had been calmed
have been the pair’s undoing
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by werner22brigitte, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – renewal


i’ve lost my gloves
(my fathers too,
his were old
& mine were new)
i’ve lost my luck &
lost my way,
i’ve had a loss forlost glove
things to say,
i’ve lost some money
and some friends,
and that’s what
counts most
in the end.

i’ve lost my shoes
and lost my glasses
and “lost” my
please-excuse-me passes,
i’ve lost my lunch
and lost all hope
and lost that tiny
bar of soap
i’ve lost my patience
and my mind,
but a really good friend
is hard to find.


© 1975 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – tiny

on easter


on easter it was quite a thrill
to meet you out on old horse hill
you with your yellow ribbons and bows
you with nail polish on your fingers & toes
you with unnatural curls in your hair
you who your mother dolled up with great care.
and then to compare our baskets of food
which often left me in a very bad mood.
me with my jellies and chocolate bars
you with your bunnies and big candy stars
large eggs and small eggs and thick chocolate fudge–
— you never knew that i carried a grudge.

©1975 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by engel62 , courtesy
daily prompt – carry

a day with the woo and dudu too

white-snow-geese-426779_960_720there’s nothing like
a day with the woo
a park
a play
a film
a zoo
any place
at all
will do
she makes me think
she makes me proud
and dudu
makes me laugh too loud
we three
in this moment
are free
a great thing for
three silly geese to be
a day with them both
at the least
is enlightening
and a future with neither
is amazingly frightening
…     Ω     …

© 2009 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by 70154, courtesy
Discover weekly Challenge – shared journeys


the wind was once my friend

the wind was once
my friend one time,
a long long time ago
it brought its friend euphoria
whenever things were slow
we’d play outside
i’d seek, they’d hide
we’d fly my kite
and then at night
i’d leave the window open
windy marriage-598314_960_720they’d both whirl in
and give a spin
and share a world unspoken
but now i’ve grown
no time to play
excuse me for the platitude
i find important papers blown
the wind has got an attitude
while i am out auditioning
it makes my hair a mess
and it loves to tease and bother me
when i have on a dress

© 1977 & 2016, kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by snapwiresnaps, courtesy
Daily prompt – wind

when a simple thank you isn’t enough

jay said no, mitch said no, but Sethie drove me home
neil complained, and that explains why i wrote Seth a poem:

i live out in oshkosh, Seth lives in tibet.
between the two, i’d say that oshkosh
is the harder place to get
but every night when time got on
& the rest of the people in the cast were gone,
Sethie stayed til i was through –
which was a sweet thing for him to do

over the deserts and plains we’d ride,
over the roads to the other side,
on highways, freeways, turnpikes & fields,
stopping at stop signs, yielding at yields,
racing with jaguars and racing with time,
flirting with danger and flirting with crime,
playing with fire and playing with death…
…thank God we made it, and thank God for Seth.


© 1977 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by engvall, courtesy
Daily prompt – desert
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    It’s been a long line
                               of long talks
                                           and big laughs
                                                   and open ears,
                                           it’s been years.
                          It’s been a strong bond
                 to lean on
         and dance with
and share tears.
          I can’t begin,
                 well I guess I’ve begun,
                          but I can’t express,
                                  well I guess I’m expressing,
                                           the depths of my love
                                                   for the friend of my life
                                                                     that is you.
                                                            You make me feel
                                                            You make me feel
                                                     It’s been a long life
                                           of long roads
                                   and potholes
                          and bare bones,
                  and as long as
         you’ve been in it
I have never
         been alone.

© September 2014 kStan(ly) Lanning – for Tony
Daily prompt – depth
Discover weekly Challenge – shared journeys