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
.

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by susannp4, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – mythical
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the daily prompt is fickle

the daily prompt’s
not getting mekitty-175163_960_720
i’ve linked a
bunch of times
i don’t show
on their page
but their link works
fine on mine
the word today
was bludgeon
now this is
that one’s cousin
if i have to write a dozen
just to link
bludgeon me now
the daily prompt is fickle
it’s a grass-fed dairy cow
i was shocked
i had a verse
but now no one
will see it
could this day
be any worse?

here’s my first response to the prompt which,
as of 8:52 p.m., is still not linking right:
subtle like a hammer

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by dmgreen44, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the daily prompt – bludgeon

to keep up with demand

there were lines around the block
each time the bookstore got restocked
to keep up with demand
not what the banners planned
and
there was a lot of jiggling
resulting in some giggling
the day that bras got banned
and
what some don’t seem to understand
but i am here to state
is when a common thing gets banned
they give it much more weight
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by cheifyc courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – banned

starting to look pretty slender

the passionate fruit
seduced the banana81463e48-bb48-45fa-b6e3-af8a6b3496ea_1-b554657e43d83c280a574d836dd59ff6

he thought himself
a smoothie
banana girl,
swept up in his world
was becoming
a little bit woozy
they noticed too late
other things on the plate
and soon after were
dumped in the blender
when they read the word “rival”
their chance for survival
was starting to
look pretty slender
so it comes to the end
for our orchard of friends…
which is better for us
than for them
–Ω–

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
created for the Daily prompt – passionate
.

autonomous automaton’s vacation- a sequel

view the original, autonomous automatons forbidden

the robot, now autonomous,
from his favorite seat in the back of the bus,
recounted all the great things he’d accomplished…
he’d fought the fight and won the war
for robot rights, but wait, there’s more:
he got a job at the Apple store…
another robot might have been more pompous
he checked his phone for new sound bites
and looked up travel package sites
his benefits included one week paid
he’d saved a lot of money up

he wanted some place sunny but
some parts of him did better in the shade

he google-mapped exotic spots
not too rainy, not too hot
someplace he could travel to by boat
he liked indoor facilities
and it would need utilities,
so… something far away but not remote
and it would need wall outlets, by and large,
‘cuz after all the point was to recharge

robot-vacation

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
original robot by brent worden deviantart.com, courtesy bing.com/images
alligator boxers & background by me & clip art
created for the Daily prompt – recharge

simply weak from hunger

eclipse
eclair
eclat
there, there
economists will wonder
if i’m too excited here
or simply weak from hunger

ecumenical
ecuador
those ecstatic orthodox
don’t know about the ecru
eczema flakes inside my socks
eccentric
upper echelons
today may celebrate:
ectoplasm, icky stuff,sashimi-471795_960_720
is served up on a plate
ecclesiastic
echinoids
will have an ectoblast
excluding old
eclectic me…
it won’t be telecast…
enthusiastic bats
may use excess
echolocation
with e’s and c’s
embracing i
expect a long vacation

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture from cegoh, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – eclipse
hanging with the Daily Prompt – enthusiasm,
until something new arrives

as evening wandered in

two teenage lepidopterists,
roy and brother rudy
went looking for their long-lost mom
in faraway djibouti
they brought doc jellyby along,
a friend and an advisor —
rudy wasn’t fond of him,
he always seemed to stink of gin–
roy thought no one was wiser.
°
these two were not the outdoor type
but mom was an explorer
she’d be mad that they skipped school
but they missed and adored her.
while following a trail that she
had mentioned in a letter
rudy set his suitcase down
and roy removed his sweater.
°°
doc jellyby suggested they
resume the search another day
as evening wandered in
blurring bits of sunshine
and diminishing his gin,
but when the bros agreed to go
they crossed paths with a feline
in spots and beige, who reeked of rage…
the large, meat-eating kind.

°°°
rudy caught the leopard’s eye,
implored him not to jeopardize
their chances for survival…
his brother fainted dead as day
the doctor upped and ran away,
which hindered roy’s revival.
°°°°
the leopard sized the brothers up
but, being full from having supped,
he told them “go, be hasty,
i’ve no desire for you because
you’re half the men your mother was
and doubtless half as tasty”.
so off thy ran the two of them,
abandoning their property.
back home again these two half-men
now study leopard-optery.
°°°°°

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by frauke feind, courtesy pixabay.com
created for the Daily prompt – jeopardize
hunting the Daily prompt – shine, while i work on something new
and the Daily prompt – blur, because it wants to be recognized

those “c” words

complicated consonants
are causing me discomfort…

like candid conversations
in another constellation,
syncopated commentators,
their conscience disencumbered…
i don’t know what’s wrong with me,
the “c”s have me outnumbered.

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confiscated contraband
in careless conflagration;
a compendium of comestibles
commanding calibration;
certainly compulsive,
complexities conflated,
why can’t i cease  the “c” words?
i don’t know,
it’s complicated.

Ω
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©2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by clker-free-vector-images , courtesy pixabay.com
made for the daily prompt – complicated
if you liked this one, check out those “p” words

thumbs up

she makes it a puzzle
for those who don’t know her
she drops little clues off
like crumbs
one might think her graceful
her tongue is so tasteful
in truth she is really all thumbs
°
now i wouldn’t lie
you see this little guy
he stands where she
once had a pointer
he’s sweet, but a bitch
cuz he’s itchin’ to hitch
and it kills that he’s
just a one-jointer
°°
she makes it a challenge
for those who don’t know her
she hides little hints in
her words
while one might imagine
a high-fashion mansion
in truth this thumb thing’s getting worse.
°°°
now i kid you not
it was this very spot
where ring finger
once had some space
he was stubborn but lost
when her fingers were crossed
now “bubba” grows there in his place
and this other thumb, too,
stands where pinky once grew
and look who moved in at old middle’s
it was three stories high
and they leased to a guy
who wrote sonnets and verses and riddles
 °°°°

colorful-1197307_960_720this may sound outrageous
but it could be contagious
so be warned, you should
not let her near you
new thumbs may grow
from old head to once toes
you can laugh cuz
at least she won’t hear you
°°°°°

…now the whole of her story’s told,
that’s how it all sums up…
except she hopes that when she’s old,
when her time comes at last to go…
she hopes to go thumbs up
Ω
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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by gdj, courtesy pixabay.com
Daily prompt – stubborn
Daily prompt – graceful

if the royal we were me

if the royal we
is really icolorful-1254539_960_720
could the royal i
be the loyal we?
only if i
were to marry me
but i’m not into
bigamy,
and i wouldn’t
want to
spoil me
especially
the royal we

ζ
ζ

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© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by gdj, courtesy pixabay.com
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