Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

A Couple Dollars

A Couple Dollars

 

 

He gave a couple dollars to a bum
and named himself a saint of charity.
They itched, his index finger and his thumb.
He gave a couple dollars to a bum.
That was indeed his very maximum.
Ah, in the mirror, what a sight to see!
He gave a couple dollars to a bum–
and named himself a saint of charity.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Outsider

Outsider

 

 

I did not join the workshop. No, ma’am.
That just isn’t the writer I am.
When I write, I’m alone.
Do you make judgments known?
If I say that I care, it’s a sham.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Iowa Aftermath

Iowa Aftermath

 

 

I did not read what Hillary tweeted.
In my views I am here far from heated.
But I’m telling you, son:
it ain’t true that she won.
We all know in our hearts that she cheated.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Maturity

Maturity

 

 

You’ve been advancing in maturity.
Your ass is even bigger than before.
It is a simple matter now to see
you’ve been advancing in maturity.
Even your critics hasten to agree–
for much is much, and more is always more.
You’ve been advancing in maturity.
Your ass is even bigger than before.

 

 

–Tom Riley

What Matters

What Matters

 

 

Does it matter, folks, whom he offends?
With what sacrosanct stuff he contends?
Critics sputter — and stall.
They don’t matter at all–
for his name recognition ascends.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Swampland

Swampland

 

 

 
Your words slosh in a swamp — and I sink
as in quicksand. I can’t stand the stink.
Oh, the atmosphere’s numbing!
But the words keep on coming.
Why on earth would I care what you think?

 

 

–Tom Riley

Nature of the Beast

The Nature of the Beast

 

 

He’s a traitorous son of a whore.
He’s betrayed you, you now know, before.
If you look, you’ll allow
he’s betraying you now.
Plus, he’s planning to do it some more.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Independent Minds

Independent Minds

 

 

“We’re all proud of our independent minds!”
they shouted in impressive unity
while shaking their imperious behinds.
“We’re all proud of our independent minds!
We’ve found what only independence finds!
Unlike the rest of you, we’re truly free!
We’re all proud of our independent minds!”
they shouted in impressive unity.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Mock On

Mock On

 

 

“Who’s that mocking, Voltaire or Rousseau?”
“It’s impossible, dear sir, to know:
those two voices are one.
When you hear either, run!
You must not be the Deity’s foe.”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Why, This Is Hell, Nor Am I Out of It

Why, This Is Hell, Nor Am I Out of It

 

 

“You’re not allowed to say that here!”
“I am not where you think I am.”
“This is a happy, holy sphere.
You’re not allowed to say that here.
Your breath offends what we hold dear!”
“I won’t pretend to give a damn.”
“You’re not allowed to say that here.”
“I am not where you think I am.”

 

 

–Tom Riley

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