take it down a notch

today there’s nothing urgent on
no need to hurry or respond
to anything but what i want
and what i want is rest
i used to be a ball of fire
tight strung like
a piano wire
but lately i’ve been
relishing my peace:
i have progressed
i’ve learned to
take it down
a notch
i’ve learned to
let things pass
i’ve learned to
take my shoes off
and walk barefoot
in the grass
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by pezibear, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – urgent
skipping along with the Daily prompt – relish – while i work on something new

keep my fire company


just like me,
keep my fire
calm my nerves,
relieve my fears,
warm my hurt,
dry my tears,
and when
your calm
is mine
to keep,
ease me,
into sleep

© 1974 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by ParagKini, courtesy pixabay.com
originally linked to the Daily prompt – burn
but it must play with the Daily prompt – candle
while i work on a new one
and it insists that the Daily prompt – calm
is it’s middle name