Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

From the Heart

From the Heart

 

 

I have cursed you, I say, from the heart.
I have cursed you with zeal and with art.
I’ve wished hell upon you.
Still, my curses are few:
I have hardly yet managed to start.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Call Me Irresponsible

Call Me Irresponsible

 

 

I strove to know responsibility–
and struggled, when I knew it, to escape.
Moved by a restless heart, quite eagerly,
I strove to know responsibility–
and at last, fans and friends, it came to me.
It sure did bear an unattractive shape!
I strove to know responsibility–
and struggled, when I knew it, to escape.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Pride

Pride

 

 

Back in college, he did more than pass:
He earned pretty high honors! Alas,
That he says it so loud!
It is clear that he’s proud
Of the brains that he keeps in his ass.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Language

Language

 

 

He spoke French at the ponderous sky
In response to a thunderous sigh
That he’d heard by sheer chance—
And he took a firm stance.
Who said God preferred German? Not I!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue

 

 

“Look! My virtue is easy and quick,
And I share it with you, for you’re sick
In your difficult soul!
Copy me – and be whole
As I am!” Thanks for that! What a prick!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Outnumbered

Outnumbered

 

 

“I’m outnumbered!” “I see that it’s true.”
“They are massing against me on cue!”
“Lad, their mass is a joke.
On their cheers they will choke.
It’s themselves that their team will undo.”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Negativity

Negativity

 

 

Negative stuff I need to say
Makes me get up and talk to you.
Today will be a lousy day.
Negative stuff I need to say
Tends in its weighty way to weigh
On my internal silence too.
Negative stuff I need to say
Makes me get up and talk to you.

 

 

–Tom Riley

There He Was

There He Was

 

 

“Here I am!” he announced. “Have a look!”
We expended the second it took
To examine that sight.
Then we turned – and did right.
By the cover we could judge that book.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Backside Backfire

Backside Backfire

 

 

Oh, I know what you’re up to! I know!
You’ve a monstrous posterior – so
You attempt to impart
That fat-asses are smart.
You have proved just the opposite, though.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Sex Change

Sex Change

 

 

Not only does Obamacare finance

Such things, but now Barack is hot to get

Transgendered personnel – in skirts? in pants? –

Serving our country.  Yea, the tranny set,

After their operations, will be met

On battlefields by fierce and foreign foes!

The alteration we will not regret.

We’ll be well served by soldiers such as those.

They will intimidate in panty hose.

They will inflict defeats in brief black dresses.

And, back at home, if disapproval grows,

They will mop up right-wing domestic messes.

Let’s seize the tranny future while we can!

Maybe that way, Barack can be a man.

 

 

–Tom Riley

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