ice fishing in brazil

tortoise-tamar-projectpoor little ivan
ice fishing in brazil
keeps falling
in the water
he almost always will
since ice has not
appeared here
it hasn’t yet,
he had ice in
his soda cup
which melted
hours ago
poor little ivan
what a rotten
not just ‘cuz
south america,
but also ‘cuz,


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by gustavoboulhosa, courtesy
created for the Daily Prompt – fishing

a beast in his abode

ali baba can’t abide
a beast in his abode
he can’t abide
the way they think
the way they speak
in code
his wife and kids,
have a weakness
for their critters
collecting them
like postage stamps
collecting some
in litters
ali baba
went abroad
in abject
he bought a boat
on which he’ll float
absent of obligations
the sea will be his alibi
soon he’ll realize
some beasts fly


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

nothing’s sacred

nothing’s sacred when i’m sick
close your eyes and and get the visual
daily rites that were habitual
go flyin’ out the window
(close the window, bob, i’m sick!)
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nothing’s sacred when i’m sick
life’s replaced by my new rituals
in, more vitamins, out, most victuals
my vim and vigor dwindles
(pass the tissues, bob, i’m sick!)
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i am better when i’m better
and i ain’t gettin’ better
i’m just starin’ at the sun
nothing’s sacred when i’m sick
and nothing’s getting done.
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picture by ewka_pn, courtesy
Daily prompt – sacred
btw, did everyone see this classic comic Carole Lombard film, “nothing sacred”? love it!

if he gave the world a look

the vulture has no culture
never been to a museum
never ventured
from his backyard
you will know this carved-vulture-1648236__340
if you see ‘im
if he went to
see a movie
if he read a
lot more books
if he traveled
past his precinct
if he gave the
world a look
he might learn
he might see
he could change
he could be
in polite society
he’d improve his
mind and mood
and he wouldn’t
have to scavenge
for his food
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by warlok3113 courtesy
created for the Daily Prompt – culture

almost criminal

the word today is liminal
a word that’s almost criminal
that borders on the threshold
doorway-981803__480without coming in or going
unfit for conversation
without awkward hesitation
you wouldn’t say it to a friend
at least not one worth knowing
it has no trace of poetry
it paints a picture woefully
it shouldn’t be in greeting cards
it shouldn’t be in letters
it lingers on the precipice
it is, today, my nemesis
let’s pool our hopes together
that tomorrow’s word is better
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by terimakashiO courtesy
created for the Daily Prompt – liminal

hide the china

may be
happy hope
or fearful
aunticipation is,
the latter
the occasion
the occasion
doesn’t matter
spatting aunts
somehow just can’t
behave in public places
but still it’s always
nice to see their faces
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by fabio germanio, courtesy
Daily Prompt – anticipation

it didn’t smell like mistletoe

when günther joined the circus
he was doing acrobatics
he gave off an aroma
that was hardly aromatic
you were there
so you should know
it didn’t smell like mistletoe
it made life hard for all the
other members of the teamgraphics-skunk-432468
the boy could use a shower
and a scent-infested steam
it wasn’t really günther’s fault
he couldn’t even smell it
he got it from his father’s side,
to hear his mother tell it
günther left the circus life
when they left him behind
he’s moved into the zoo
where they don’t notice… or don’t mind
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
gif courtesy
Daily Prompt – aromatic
infusing the Daily prompt – scent- until something new arrives

the pickle-footed tickle

the pickle-footed tickle lived
beneath the castle keep
with other beings mythical
below the darkest deep

he crept upstairs at sunrisefig-1152054_960_720
too small for them to see
and hid himself behind
the bookcase in the nursery
peals of joyous mischief rang
when nanny left the suite
the pickle-footed tickle
tickled tiny little feet
the pickle-footed tickle
got the blame for lots of things
like leaving toys all strewn about
and leaving bathtub rings
and when the pie got eaten
they said he took the first bite
but he never got the credit for
how well they slept at night
he left on boxing day when all
they gave him was a nickel
and that’s the last we heard about
the pickle-footed tickle

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by susannp4, courtesy
Daily prompt – mythical

lulu isn’t well-behaved

jake is an
a one-man
force majeure
lola is a copycat
who follows jake
his great
his sounds
lulu follows lola
if lola is
lulu isn’t
she’s a copykitten
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by ipkitten, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – copycat
answering the call of the Daily prompt – sound, while something new emerges
if you liked this verse you’ll probably like this one as well

an iffy endeavor

the bunny was unhoppable
his jumping spree unstoppable
so leap frog, an iffy endeavor
his long ears flopping to and fro
he couldn’t stop, he couldn’t, so
they banned him from playing forever
poor little dude, he
was kicked out, like rudy,
outcast and downcast and blue
no leap frog, no kick the can
no hopscotch no hunt the man

no pin the tail on the moose


the bunny was unflappable
and also fairly practical,
he was an enterprising bunny

his solution was the simplest:
he entered the olympics
and now he’s making tons of money

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
gif courtesy
Daily Prompt – banned