Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Maverick

The Maverick

 

 

McCain trolls Trump, despising his views.
In response, those who govern the news
Overflow with rich praise
that’ll go on for days.
They adore GOP guys who lose.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Dona Meliora

Dona Meliora

 

 

(for Maria Martin)

 

 

“¿Habrá sentido que no estaba solo
y que el arcano, el increíble Apolo
le había revelado un arquetipo?”

 

 

–Borges

 

 

I should, of course, have sent you better wine
From the land of your childhood, which you know
To rule in Cabernet if not Merlot.
If Bacchus is a god, then it’s divine
Here where I once compelled you to decline
Latin nouns. Bacchus is a god, although
I’ve often had too much to tell him so.
I’ll let him make the Maenads dance in line.
I should, perhaps, have sent you once again
A dagger with a handle emerald green.
Minerva would have loved your chances then.
Mars would have hailed you where the bold convene.
Instead you get this sonnet. Tell me when
The disappointment verges on obscene.

 

 

Happy Birthday!

 

TR

 

23 May 2017

Latest Report

The Latest Report

 

 

Turns out the latest anti-Trump report
Is just what leftists needed at this time.
Surprise: there’s cheering in the fake news court!
Turns out the latest anti-Trump report
Will bring more refugees in and abort
More fetuses with body parts. (No crime.)
Turns out the latest anti-Trump report
Is just what leftists needed at this time.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Jackass

Jackass

 

 

Jackass told an implausible lie.
Shape an argument? Ha! Didn’t try!
Cited not one hard fact.
How did people react?
“Hey, that jackass can talk! What a guy!”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Guru

Guru

 

 

“Better to drown
In the sea of utility
Than to die of exhaustion
On the plains of futility!”

 

 

“Hey, what the fuck is that supposed to mean?”
We asked him — but the guru only smiled.
His enigmatic words drove students wild
With a frustration that could seem obscene.
Pissed every time that damn class would convene,
I myself often harried and reviled
The Teacher of the Mysteries, self-styled.
Serenity’s a sneer, both hard and lean–
And he was expert in serenity.
My hostile witticisms caused no pain.
He went on with his planned soliloquy.
Attend close or ignore him, all was vain.
After he died, we hastened to agree:
We’d miss his hapless heart, his bumbling brain.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Color Game

The Color Game

 

 

You judged me by the color of my skin–
The hidden skin, the skin I wear inside
As signature of all that lies within.
You judged me by the color of my skin–
And that’s a game you nowadays can’t win.
You didn’t win — but, oh, how hard you tried!
You judged me by the color of my skin:
The hidden skin, the skin I wear inside.

 

 

–Tom Riley

 

Interference

Interference

 

 

The Russians published stories that were true
About the gal we said was next in line.
They gave us what we didn’t want: a clue!
They undermined our self-obsessed design
And overwhelmed our whole established crew.
Now we have Trump — and it is time to whine.
What form then should they take, our fulminations?
Hey, I know just the thing: investigations!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Word for Sen. Schumer

A Word for Sen. Schumer

 

 

Chuck Schumer’s telling us how things must go.
I wish he had an ambulance to chase.
His party’s lost elections big time — so
Chuck Schumer’s telling us how things must go.
I wish that he were really in the know.
I wish he had a far-less-ratlike face.
Chuck Schumer’s telling us how things must go.
I wish he had an ambulance to chase.

 

 

–Tom Riley

 

 

(Sen. Schumer tells us once again what MUST happen.)

Call for Resignation

Call for Resignation

 

 

Colbert has called on Trump to cut the shit
And please resign. Oh, glorious Colbert!
He doesn’t mean it, though. His easy air
And exercise of what he sells as wit
Conceal a fear that Trump may, in a fit
Of anger and frustration, hard to bear,
And of embedded enemies aware,
Actually do what Colbert says — and quit.
Where then will cut-rate sissy Stephen be?
His ratings used to blow — and fell in line
Only when Trump achieved ascendancy.
If Trump goes, who will choose to hear the whine
That Colbert seasons with obscenity?
You suck at hosting, loser. Please resign.

 

 

–Tom Riley

 

 

(Colbert calls on Trump to resign.)

Unchastened

Unchastened

 

 

Has McMaster refuted fake news?
At The Post, punks do not sing the blues–
For their lies tend to linger.
They are pointing the finger–
And McMaster’s the one they accuse.

 

 

–Tom Riley