Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Talkers

Talkers

 

 

Let’s talk about the things we just don’t know!
We shall be talk show experts by the end
Of our extensive chat. We’re talkers, so
Let’s talk about the things we just don’t know!
Ignorance is expansive: let it grow
Beyond what tends to trouble and offend!
Let’s talk about the things we just don’t know!
We shall be talk show experts by the end.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Great Things

Great Things

 

 

 

“Get in line to accomplish great things!”
Cried the salesman. “We give mortals wings
That can carry them far!
Come, whoever you are!”
And we all emerged princes and kings.

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

 

 

In their depravity, the living beat
The dead: that’s the main lesson of the show.
It is a lesson hard times must repeat
Even to those supremely in the know.
Such figures as the Governor and Joe
Are there to emphasize the dismal news
For those whose souls are getting soft – and so
They will recur, correcting sunny views.
Still, there is glory. Having paid their dues,
Rick and Carl, Daryl, Glenn, bad-ass Michonne—
They know their world is not the world they’d choose;
They know they have the strength to soldier on;
They know there is a way to move ahead
And yet remain more decent than the dead.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Best Work

Best Work

 

 

 

Your best work you did just yesterday.
Something in your heart shouted hurray.
Ah, but that was the end!
With time, who can contend?
Your ability’s slipping away.

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Ever Upward

Ever Upward

 

 

Your cry is headed out toward space—
But can it cross the vacuum there?
Look the void, mister, in the face!
Your cry is headed out – toward space.
Infinity is not a place.
Insanity provides no air.
Your cry is headed out toward space.
But can it cross the vacuum there?

 

 

–Tom Riley

Slam the Door

Slam the Door

 

 

Our movements you will study, sir.
With careless force, we’ll slam the door.
You will not be the fool you were.
Our movements you will study, sir.
All events that to us occur
Will find responses at your core.
Our movements you will study, sir.
With careless force, we’ll slam the door.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Shout Out

Shout Out

 

 

You shout out fiercely, mister, while you can.
You’ll regret silence more than anything.
Gigantic error is the lot of man.
You shout out fiercely, mister, while you can.
Good sense admits you may not find a fan—
For, after all, to shout is not to sing.
You shout out fiercely, mister, while you can.
You’ll regret silence more than anything.

 

 

–Tom Riley

What Cannot Be Defended

What Cannot Be Defended

 

 

“What cannot be defended we assert
More forcefully!” “It seems to work quite well.”
“Logic to us is little more than dirt!
What cannot be defended, we assert
Over again. Our repetitions hurt
All those who dared express a softer sell.
What cannot be defended, we assert
More forcefully.” “It seems to work quite well.”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Mr. Efficiency

Mr. Efficiency

 

 

Inefficiency, yes, is a crime.
So I’ll make the best use of my time
And exert all my powers.
I shall hover for hours
Just to bring to birth one perfect rhyme.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Attitude Change

Attitude Change

 

 

When you lived, how we longed to be led
By your wisdom! Your courage instead
Urged us forward toward pain
And the sad spirit’s strain.
How we dread you, sir, raised from the dead!

 

 

–Tom Riley

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