inept, except

close-up-1836666_960_720can’t draw a straight line
even with a ruler
prob’ly why i tend to think
the wavy ones look cooler
can’t clean a plate right
can’t wash a car
can’t paint a mailbox
can’t play guitar
i’m talented at other things
some other people ain’t
so i don’t let it get me down
i maximize my strengths

© 2015 & 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning

picture by pexels, courtesy
Daily prompt – clean

the best of me


this day could be enjoyable
this day may hold surprises
but i will never know
if i don’t
open up my eye-ses
whatever comes at me today
i’ll try to greet it nicely
what if it’s an earthquake?
well i’m not sure, precisely
what if it’s an unpaid bill?
what if it’s a flood?
what if it’s some ghoulish guy
who wants to suck my blood?
what if it’s a plague of frogs?
i haven’t got a clue
but i’ll just bring
the best of me
and she’ll know what to do

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by wild one, courtesy
posted on delay while recovering from surgery yesterday

ever the optimist

couldn’t get behind
the gripes the groans the grind
of downward spiral thinking
drowning in your drinking
why me why now why here why
i’d rather laugh than cry
rather live than die
rather do than nothing
revel, rabble rouse
cajole, console, consort, carouse
raise up the roof
and bring down the house
no jumping off bridges
no falling on swords
happiness is
its own reward
ever the optimist


© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – jump