view of the lake

could never
be so calm
if i could hold it
in my palm,
if i controlled it
like a king
or stored it
in my secret ring
if it were up to
me to say
it shall be nice
and calm today
calm is cool
where it belongs
in peaceful minds
and soothing songs
in any place
where people rest
and on the lake
where it looks best
© 1977 & 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy
Daily prompt – calm

5 on 1

the day they killed the old oak tree
we wouldn’t soon forgetstump
they hacked at her
for hours
they all were
drenched in sweat
she didn’t
go down easily,
she put up
quite the fight,
but they won out,
‘cuz 5 on 1,
which didn’t feel so right
we thought we heard her weeping with every teasing breeze
a kind of solidarity among the other trees
it took one final insult, she came down with a whump,
and to this day we’re haunted by the stump

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by oisin connolly, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – stump

in confused exhilaration

the caterpillar hustled
in confused exhilarationcaterpillar.jpg
momma said to
pack the bags
we’re going
on vacation
her voice was
floating on a breeze

from high
above his head
he packed his
socks and underwear
and even made his bed
so proud of his
he heard his momma say
my boy keep this behavior up
you’ll be a king one day

©2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by alain wong , courtesy
made for the Daily prompt – confused
and it echoes in the Daily prompt – heard
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magnified magnificence

you picture takers
photo kings
who share with us
who give us wings
who brave the world
to play with light
i’ve become
your acolyte
i follow you
around outdoors
to black and whitebreathtaking
or tinted shores
to painted skies,
raw innocence,
to mountain peaks
or to uniquely
from the safety
of my nest
i’m inspired
i’m impressed
you take away
my very breath
youse is
my muses
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by bessi, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – muse

to have you look my way

what do you admire he asked
while i admire you?
what is it you’re looking at?
what can a person do
to have your full attention
to have you look my way?
tell me how to win you back

tell me what to say.

there’s no one here but you & me
no other human being…
what is it you’re looking at?
what is it you’re seeing?
what’s it gonna take for you
to look me in the eye?
what is it you’re thinking
while you’re staring at the sky?


she sighed she said
when we first wed
you were another guy
she sighed she said
her love was dead
she sighed she said


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – admire

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

the sound of sunrise


when the time
for sunrise nears
marianna never hears
the morning sounds
that can be heard
– the rushing wind,
the singing bird,
the water tapping
against the shore
the squirrel’s rustle,
the airplane’s roar
marianna listens long
for a quiet, happy song,
the sound that sun
& water make
as rays of sunshine
kiss the lake


© 1978 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by Archbob, courtesy
Daily prompt – water

Field Day

the snow queen
is having a field day
i think that’s whatsnow queen
the field would say
if it could
it may be cold
it may be harsh
but at least it’s looking good

the snow queen
is having a banner year
the banner made that very clear
when it fell in the wind
and got covered in white
i sure hope it’s feeling all right

the snow queen
is having a helluva time
and i know this because she is mine


© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – wind