snake in the grass

he charms you with
his promises
you feel a subtle quiver
as he heads
in your direction
his wealth
you think
means strength
and sense,
his power
means intellect
you’re so enthralled
you’re missing all
the clues
of disconnect
he sports his little flag pin
so he must be patriotic
you cannot see
his rule would be
a step above despotic
you’re caught up in
the moment
for the moment
he’s the rage
you shiver
as he slithers
to the stage
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
photo by kapa65, courtesy
created for the Daily Prompt – shiver
perfect for the Daily prompt – promises, while i work on something new

but wait, who’s this?

it is a treat, indeed it is a pleasure
to see you all, you may recall
we buried us some treasure
you’d best not though
cuz you don’t know
i’ve wiped your memories
and that would leave the treasure all for me

but wait, who’s this?
i hear a prolonged hiss
a serpent’s slither…
who’s coming hither?
so big he makes the whole earth shake…
what good is treasure to a snake?

the apple wasn’t good enough for you?


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by ChristyMiller, courtesy
this verse did not exist before the Daily prompt – pleasure
and it’s buried with the Daily prompt – treasure – while i work on something new