at the other end

i have to be alone
she said
he turned to go
he didn’t though
he only stared ahead
don’t hesitate to call
he said
if you should be in need
of someone to squash spiders
or stomp on centipedes
don’t stop your hand
if you should reach
to phone to find a friend
i’ll be always waiting
at the other end
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©  2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by tookapic, courtesy pixabay.com
 created for the Daily prompt – hesitate

pacing like a soldier

he senses she’s in danger
but she is danger too
and so he sets to guarding
from a distance
he thought he was
a stronger man
a smarter man
but this girl can
strip from him
all semblance
of resistance
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he’s pacing like a soldier
a detective on a stakeout
he’s pacing with his starbucks
and his cigarette just lit
tomorrow
he’ll stop smoking
get a haircut
drink less caffeine
but she’s the only thing
that he can’t quit
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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – filter

eager to succumb

companion piece to web slinger

the sultry, savvy spider sets
her own successful traps
sticky, strong, she strings along
some unsuspecting saps

so it was with her and him,
she the spider, on a whim,
released the pest he had become,
though he was eager to succumb

 

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© 2017 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by jordan holiday, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – successful

hopeful ≠ helpful

everyday he waits outside

hopeful that she’ll see him
a passing glance
that could by chance
linger
and thereby free him
he waits at lunch
he waits at five
she smiled once
he came alive

swagger-1565642_960_720she is all he cares about
her eyes her smile her hair
he’s become her prisoner
and she is unaware
and what would come of meeting her
of saying something clever
could he be her future,
could they make it last forever?
he starts to lose his courage
his mind turns to machinery
here she comes
and there he goes
he fades into the scenery
pity please this lonely guy
who lives on hope
while life goes by

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

not even in the room

like quitting cigarettes
i think i’m thinking

of something else
i’m thinking of you

i’m addicted

and if you don’t smoke
you don’t know
what i mean
but you do, so youlove-1181067_960_720 do,
but i’ll never tell you,
so you won’t.

i think i’m able
to focus
on something else
some conversation
some person
standing in front of me

is ostensibly holding
that i am ostensibly part of

he thinks it’s two-way
he thinks i hear

he thinks i’m smiling
at the content
or the context

and i’ll jump in any time now,
he assumes;

i’m not even in the room
i am smiling at a moment
at a memory of you

had to stop and tell you
in a virtual confession
i can’t quit

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© 2012 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by waldryano courtesy pixabay,com
Daily prompt – smoke

his heart was on his sleeve

meerkat and butterfly
some might say that bobby was
being all too obvious
you could agree with them because
his heart was on his sleeve
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miss lucinda’s hobby was
snobby is as snobby does
pretentious thing
she prob’ly was
and we’re all quite relieved…
when we get on our wobbly buzz
we’re more out there than bobby was
she wouldn’t last a minute on thanksgiving.
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by lucky2013, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – obvious