Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Unsettled Market

Unsettled Market

 

 

What hath Trump, that unhelpful guy, wrought?
Foreign leaders curse hard — as they ought.
They are ready to cry.
Trump will prove hard to buy–
whereas Hillary’s already bought.

 

 

–Tom Riley

 

 

(Obama says foreign leaders “rattled” by Trump’s rise.)

Miracleman

Miracleman

 

 

His super-self is in another place.
He says the word “Kimota,” and it’s here,
beautiful, terrifying, and sincere
beyond our mortal tolerance. His face,
suffused with glory but preserved from grace,
shines with a light that pierces like a spear.
He will grow tired of all he now holds dear.
Why should he hug the useless human race?
Gargunza brought our hero into being–
and what at last, friends, did our hero do?
Emotions heated and vast mind agreeing,
he gathered his creator up and threw
the body earthward. What remains worth seeing?
A skull that might belong to me or you.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Thrilled

Thrilled

 

 

Chris Matthews made a sexist observation
concerning Mrs. Trump’s attractiveness.
I won’t repeat it here. I won’t say yes
to such a horrible communication.
It’s clear that chauvinistic domination,
objectifying women — that whole mess!–
governed his attitude. No need to guess.
He’s guilty — and deserves our condemnation.
Yet now I say: let condemnation end!
Forgive the miscreant! I urge. I beg.
Mrs. Trump’s not endangered, I contend.
She’s not a hole — and doesn’t fit his peg.
Only Barack Obama, folks, can send
the thrill electric up Chris Matthews’ leg!

 

 

–Tom Riley

President Self

President Self

 

 

I self-identify as “President”
today — and want to nominate my guy
or gal to the Supreme Court. Quite content
with the self I myself identify,
I am offended if you dare deny
my presidential self-identity.
Facing your bigotry, I want to cry.
President Me ain’t easy, folks, to be.
I demand your support. You must agree.
A Secret Service detail — right away!
And Air Force One of course belongs to me!
Address tonight: I have a lot to say!
Obama: you’re about to be corrected.
I was unanimously self-elected!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Unthinkable

Unthinkable

 

 

Yes, his habits of study are great–
which is why all his teachers can’t wait
to bestow A’s on him.
But his prospects are slim
if you ask him to, well, cogitate.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Trying Too Hard

Trying Too Hard

 

 

I am trying too hard: this I know.
I should just let delightful words flow
from my store of delight.
But I strive to get right
what can only be rectified slow.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Ineffable Wisdom

Ineffable Wisdom

 

 

Mr. Tangle is wise: don’t deny it!
What? Your standard of truth? Don’t apply it!
No, his falsehoods aren’t lies!
Just remember: he’s wise!
As for logic, he loves to defy it.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Holy Liars

Holy Liars

 

 

The holy liars swell with pride
at having backed each other up.
They lied, yes — but they also prayed,
the holy liars. Swell with pride,
you noble guys! I shall not prod
your consciences: you just go ape!
The noble liars swell with pride
at having backed each other up.

 

 

–Tom Riley

A Cycle for Lara

A Cycle for Lara

 

 

The wolves howl
outside. He writes all that
will survive him.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Injustitia Tua

Injustitia Tua

 

 

Your injustice I hold in my heart
as a spur to my own vengeful art.
Sages tell me: “Be free!”
But that shtick’s not for me:
from my memories I won’t depart.

 

 

–Tom Riley

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