Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Bow Down

Bow Down

The Yankees won – so now we all bow down
To tyranny’s enduring crazy seat
In Washington, D.C. Who wears the crown?
The Yankees won, so now we all bow down
To any preening prick or mouthy clown
Who occupies the White House. What a cheat!
The Yankees won – so now we all bow down
To tyranny’s enduring crazy seat.

–Tom Riley

Great Men

Great Men

Lincoln: a great man? Sure: amongst the greatest!
Had anybody else been president
When word of Lee’s successes was the latest,
The mighty Union would have struck the tent.
Ain’t no doubt that’s what Old Marse Robert meant
To do with victories against the odds.
But Lincoln didn’t flee the hard event
Or reck the battlefield’s unnerving rods.
The disposition, in the end, was God’s.
Old Abe believed in God, perhaps, a bit.
Although his early generals were clods,
Grant waited in the wings and had true grit.
Thus in the net of time was Lincoln caught—
A different sort of great man than we’re taught.

–Tom Riley

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Nomen in Aquam Scriptum

Nomen in Aquam Scriptum

As a poet, no doubt, I shall be
Soon forgotten. This end now I see
With a smile on my face.
I’ll be spared the disgrace
Of some pansy interpreting me.

–Tom Riley

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Concise Guide to the New Symbolism of the Damn Yankee Flag

A Concise Guide to the New Symbolism of the Damn Yankee Flag

“I hates their stripèd banner.
I fit it all I could.”

The land of
the woke and the home
of the masked.

–Tom Riley

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Hard to Understand

Hard to Understand

Yes, inflation advances today!
It’s a typical Democrat play:
Low tide strands countless boats.
How this party gets votes
It is not for Tom Riley to say.

–Tom Riley

Unsurprised

Unsurprised

Yes, Fauci lied – but why are you surprised?
He signaled his dishonesty all year:
He flipped and flopped and endlessly revised,
Yes? Fauci lied! But why are you surprised
To learn of the deception, giant-sized,
That he engaged in, pushing mindless fear?
Yes: Fauci lied – but why are you surprised?
He signaled his dishonesty all year.

–Tom Riley

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Soul Signals

Soul Signals

The body odor of a hog
Signals what Mark Shea’s soul is like.
What frightens every neighbor’s dog?
The body odor of a hog,
Wit of decerebrated frog,
Conscience forever out on strike!
The body odor of a hog
Signals what Mark Shea’s soul is like.

–Tom Riley

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Aspirations

Aspirations

Who now longs to be trans? Mark P. Shea—
As he formerly longed to be gay.
Yes, whatever’s in fashion
Is his transcendent passion.
What the fuck is he really? Can’t say.

–Tom Riley

Dullard

Dullard

Brainless Joe calls the graduates “dull.”
Of himself he’s unfailingly full.
My reaction’s sincere.
I insist it is clear:
There are no neurons left in that skull.

–Tom Riley

Typical Gringo Problem

Typical Gringo Problem

I have volumes of Spanish inside
My pale head. But I stare bulgy-eyed
When to some señorita
I must speak ahorita
And my tongue’s inexplicably tied.

–Tom Riley

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