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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

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disguised but dignified

jack the gnat
was hungry for
a shot at fame
and fortune
he saw the pie
that others had
and wanted
his fair portion
jack wore a cloak
hand made, bespoke,
to fit his modest frame
top-hat-1767535_960_720he wore a little top hat
he held a tiny cane
distinguished was
the way he felt
disguised but dignified
the gnat boys fumed
with jealousy
which fortified his pride
all the giddy
gnat girls swooned
each one of them
susceptible
but to the world
at large he was, alas,
still imperceptible

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by kcadrc, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – bespoke
flitting with the Daily prompt – fortune

the way the birds go

despite the mess
they leave behind
pigs do not
have filthy minds
or filthy mouths
as far as words go
they don’t go off
the way the birds go
cussin’,  swearin’
hardly carin’
who they hurt
with what they say
pigs are kinder
in that way
…∇…
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by larsen9236, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – filthy

to emphasize her point

daddy loved all kinds of fish
his favorite food hands down
but momma made
the kitchen rules
no seafood was allowedseafood-platter-1605699_960_720
so any time he craved a dish
with lobster, mussels,
clams or fish
he had to take us out to eat
at fancy, upscale joints
and sit across
the room from her
to emphasize her point
momma had reserved for fish
a special kind of hate
she worried that their molecules
would creep onto her plate
their children got to see them both
behaving somewhat selfish(ly)
but as for me, my empathy
lay mainly with the shellfish(ies)*
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by mp1746 courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – fish
* because of this Lewis Carroll favorite, The Walrus and The Carpenter

starting to look pretty slender

the passionate fruit
seduced the banana81463e48-bb48-45fa-b6e3-af8a6b3496ea_1-b554657e43d83c280a574d836dd59ff6

he thought himself
a smoothie
banana girl,
swept up in his world
was becoming
a little bit woozy
they noticed too late
other things on the plate
and soon after were
dumped in the blender
when they read the word “rival”
their chance for survival
was starting to
look pretty slender
so it comes to the end
for our orchard of friends…
which is better for us
than for them
–Ω–

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
created for the Daily prompt – passionate
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he’s a little eros

animated-cupid-image-0036poor little cupid
sittin’ on a cloud
doesn’t have
a girlfriend
isn’t he allowed?
i’m a lonely angel
he’s a little eros
we could be an item
we could be
each other’s heroes
dear when you flew by me
whistling romanticallyanimated-angel-image-0010
you seemed so
debonair and sharp
your hair a windy mess
you almost all undressed
zing! went the strings of my harp! *
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
created for the Daily prompt – zing
* shout out to my girl judy, doing the james f. hanley original verse here

autonomous automaton’s vacation- a sequel

view the original, autonomous automatons forbidden

the robot, now autonomous,
from his favorite seat in the back of the bus,
recounted all the great things he’d accomplished…
he’d fought the fight and won the war
for robot rights, but wait, there’s more:
he got a job at the Apple store…
another robot might have been more pompous
he checked his phone for new sound bites
and looked up travel package sites
his benefits included one week paid
he’d saved a lot of money up

he wanted some place sunny but
some parts of him did better in the shade

he google-mapped exotic spots
not too rainy, not too hot
someplace he could travel to by boat
he liked indoor facilities
and it would need utilities,
so… something far away but not remote
and it would need wall outlets, by and large,
‘cuz after all the point was to recharge

robot-vacation

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
original robot by brent worden deviantart.com, courtesy bing.com/images
alligator boxers & background by me & clip art
created for the Daily prompt – recharge

much ado times two

miniature marshmallows
make much ado of nothing
but not enough of anything
one could consider fattening

if taken in small doses
˜
a whole bunch of swallows on wires outside a windowconversely,
mini barn swallows
make much ado
of everything
and way too much
of noisiness
for helen’s
hoity-toityiness
which makes
her think
to hell
with symbiosis
˜
so helen got
her bb gun
sent those
swallows
on the run
for seconds there
the view out here was loco
now she’s back to sipping her hot cocoa
˜ Ω˜

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by jairo moretti, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – miniature

ebb and floe

when abigail turned fifty
they threw her a surprise
they didn’t have a lot of cash
they had to improvise
they painted rocks to decorate
they served a can of soup
they added stuff
to make enough
to feed the little group
dessert was just a hershey bar
sliced up in little pieces
bought with coins from piggy banks
of nephews and of nieces
the gift was all that mattered,
that was where the money went
they took up a collection
and each penny had been spent
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they bought a
one-way ticket
to the north slope of alaska
including lunch
and changing once
in omaha nebraska
they added in a voucher
for a bobsled
to transport her
to meet up with
the ice floe that
her kids had ordered for her
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by commons.wikimedia.org, courtesy bing.com/images
created for the Daily prompt – fifty
going with the flow of the Daily prompt – float

as evening wandered in

two teenage lepidopterists,
roy and brother rudy
went looking for their long-lost mom
in faraway djibouti
they brought doc jellyby along,
a friend and an advisor —
rudy wasn’t fond of him,
he always seemed to stink of gin–
roy thought no one was wiser.
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these two were not the outdoor type
but mom was an explorer
she’d be mad that they skipped school
but they missed and adored her.
while following a trail that she
had mentioned in a letter
rudy set his suitcase down
and roy removed his sweater.
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doc jellyby suggested they
resume the search another day
as evening wandered in
blurring bits of sunshine
and diminishing his gin,
but when the bros agreed to go
they crossed paths with a feline
in spots and beige, who reeked of rage…
the large, meat-eating kind.

°°°
rudy caught the leopard’s eye,
implored him not to jeopardize
their chances for survival…
his brother fainted dead as day
the doctor upped and ran away,
which hindered roy’s revival.
°°°°
the leopard sized the brothers up
but, being full from having supped,
he told them “go, be hasty,
i’ve no desire for you because
you’re half the men your mother was
and doubtless half as tasty”.
so off thy ran the two of them,
abandoning their property.
back home again these two half-men
now study leopard-optery.
°°°°°

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by frauke feind, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – jeopardize
hunting the Daily prompt – shine, while i work on something new
and the Daily prompt – blur, because it wants to be recognized