Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

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

Commanding

Commanding

 

 

He commanded the demon to guess.
He commanded the demon — no less.
His command came out hoarse
but was charged with great force.
So the demon guessed no — and then yes.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Our Little Arrangement

Our Little Arrangement

 

 

I shall say things that sound profound
while you nod in a knowing way.
Since facts are dull, since words abound,
I shall say things that sound profound–
and you’ll approve the way they sound.
We can keep this up all damn day.
I shall say things that sound profound
while you nod in a knowing way.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Pugnavit ad Bestias Ephesi

Pugnavit ad Bestias Ephesi

 

 

He struggled with the beasts of Ephesus.
Since he’s a saint, we all assume he won.
But maybe beasts emerge victorious
in their own ways, so that not everyone
can see their march.  The unforgiving Sun
watched all those contests from his lofty place.
His fiery heart rejoiced in what was done.
He was concerned with matter, time, and space.
And what did Paul possess?  The life of grace,
the keen edge of the Deiverbal sword,
and the command to reach race after race
with the news of the Resurrected Lord–
these were his weapons, terrible but strange.
What makes you think he moved the beasts to change?

 

 

–Tom Riley

Inquiry

The Inquiry

 

 

You inquire – and I hear you inquire.
Ah, your question fulfills a desire
You did not know was mine!
It is now my design
To make sure that of answers you tire.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Sympathetic Vibrations

Sympathetic Vibrations

 

 

The earth shook. Yes, tectonic plates do
Things like that: it was not something new.
Your response, though, that night
Was original – quite.
Your fat ass quaked – a 7.2.

 

–Tom Riley

Enslavement

Enslavement

 

You hardly know you’re being made a slave.
Your servitude they call “community.”
Their mirth’s about as cheerful as the grave—
But with false smiles they get you to agree
To just a petty chore. You cannot see
The harm in saying yes – and then you’re caught.
Degree by imperceptible degree,
You’ve moved to where a chaining spell is wrought.
You’ve sold yourself – and can’t tell who has bought.
Your strength they siphon off with high delight.
You try to fight, but struggle is for naught.
They’ve built a cage for you – and built it right.
They feed you laughter and absurd denials.
When silence falls, you see those same false smiles.

 

–Tom Riley

Sleeper Wakes

 

The Sleepers Wake

 

 

 

 

Have I made a boneheaded mistake?

 

Those who might have observed aren’t awake:

 

they snore on, as fools do.

 

When they wake, I’ll blame you–

 

which is icing on my chocolate cake.

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

 

Temperature Control

Temperature Control

 

 

“Thanks to heating – and also to cooling –
Wise humanity’s now overruling
Foolish Nature, its mother!”
And he went on. Oh, brother!
Mortal man, who the hell are you fooling?

 

 

–Tom Riley

Virtuous

Virtuous

 

 

Said the preachers of virtue: “Hurray
For our brilliant and virtuous way!
We are virtuous. Thus,
You should be just like us!”
(They went on in this fashion all day.)

 

 

–Tom Riley

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