why not say hello

kyle the kangaroo kangaroo-kyle
approached
with hopeful
hesitation
often these
encounters
were beneath
his expectations
some beneath
his dignity
some not worth
the woe
one time
they brought
sponge cake,
though,
so why not say hello

 

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by unsplash, courtesy pexels.com
created for the Daily prompt expectation

the enemy

today i have
an enemy
the enemy is
serious-catseriousness
just contemplating
that all day
has been too
deleterious

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

 

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

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

tepid like the tea

lukewarm
was the reception
tepid like the tea
that we were served
though we deserved
a sparkling white chablis
we’d made a major breakthrough
we’d solved a major crime
when we came back to tell them
that their uncle would serve time
they didn’t take it like we thought
we didn’t read the room
they didn’t like the gift we brought
the way we had assumed
the men got out their rifles
and backed us out the door
and that explains why we don’t go
to weddings anymore

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by openclipartvectors, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt lukewarm

walter told a little lie

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little walter was aware

that ruth had other suitors
so walter told a little lie
he told her they’d been neutered

 …
there’s little walter
waiting at the altar
patiently for ruth
while ruth pursues the truth

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by iicaityy, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt aware

lush lush

 

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the lush lass
slept it off
in the lush grass
woke up with
a banging head
could be worse
she could be dead
next night
she fell down
even quicker
some girls
just can’t
hold their liquor
if this lush grass
gets any lusher
this lush lass
will need an usher
to find
her way
back home

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by tobiasd, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt lush

not nice

a creature
shouldn’t
criticize
another
creature’s
critter’s
size
it’s just
not
nice
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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by barnimages, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt criticize

consortium emporium

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the geese flocked to the zoo to see
a gaggle of themselves
with other little statuettes
on other little shelves
the souvenir shop had stocked up
on groups of every critter
from bloats of hungry hippos
to a lounge of leaping lizards
some foxes skulked into the shop
they bought a pack of rats
followed by a baboon troop
who sought a cloud of bats
alligators congregated curiously too
sure they’d heard of caribou
they came to catch a few

 

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture courtesy pexels.com
created for the Daily prompt – heard

misadventures of the young inventor

he built himself
a craft
to serve him
as a raft
old bottles were
the base of it
with plywood on
the face of it
the ocean got
a taste of it
and swallowed it
for dinner
lucky thing that boy
is a good swimmer

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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by modi74, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt craft

insecurity

dressed-up
i’ve brushed my hair
& brushed my teeth
& brushed my hair again
i’m ready to go,
i’m on my way,
i’m out the door & then
i rush back in and brush my hair & brush my teeth again.

i’ve changed my dress
& changed my mind
& changed my dress once more.
i’m ready to go,
i’m on my way,
i’m out the door & then
i rush back in and change my dress & change my mind again.

i’ve done my eyes
& done my nails
& done my eyes all over
i step outside
& i can smell
the fresh clean scent of clover
i rush back in and do my eyes and do my nails all over.

i’ve done all this
and done all that
and done it all again
this is it now
i feel sure
i’m out for good and then
i rush back in and brush my hair and brush my teeth again.
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© 1977 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy bing.com/images
Daily prompt – scent

not so hot at standing in line

the firefly
went to the bank
to check, I guess,
her balance
hers may be
much better than mine
but she’s not so hot at
standing in line
in spite of
her other talents

2 masked robbers stormed the joint
flashing their automatics
and the firefly
to prove a point
in a manner most undemocratic
turned on the charm
until both were disarmed
which another time might seem immoral
but the 2 were so stunned
that they put down their guns
and withdrew without any withdrawal
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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture courtesy gifs.net
created for the Daily prompt – automatic
inspired by a real firefly in a real bank