Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Month: July, 2013

Get It

Get It

 

 

 

 

“Get a life!”  “Get a brain!”  “Get a clue!”

Oh, I hear it all each day anew—

     All the stuff I should get

     That I haven’t got yet!

“Do you get it?” some add.  Yes, I do.

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

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Triumph

Triumph

 

 

 

 

“Ha!  I triumph!”  “Your triumph’s absurd.”

“You’re just envious.  I’m undeterred

     And go on with my grin:

     Got the last damn word in!”

“True – but, lad, you misspelled that last word.”

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

On the Enumeration of the Reptile Egg

On the Enumeration of the Reptile Egg

 

 

 

 

To be bold is what all should resolve.

Stride ahead!  Solid walls will dissolve

     To make room for the stride

     That will not be denied.

Count your chickens before they evolve.

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Prelude to a Betrayal

Prelude to a Betrayal

 

 

 

 

“Now we have,” he informed me, “a deal!

Yes, in this we are grappled with steel—

     Though in all else we vary.

     I need not be unwary….”

My contempt I could hardly conceal.

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Say On

Say On

 

 

 

 

A dramatic young liar cried: “Hey!

I am misunderstood every day.

     I do not truly lie.

     Hard, fast rules don’t apply

To my words.”  “Yes, that’s what they all say.”

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Viewmaster

Viewmaster

 

 

 

 

“Sir, your views are in need of repair.”

“May I say that I simply don’t care?”

     “That is one of the views

     That I view as bad news.”

“Hey, tough luck: I don’t have to be fair.”

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Immune to Beauty

Immune to Beauty

 

 

 

 

I am flying now over a lake—

And the beauty should make my heart break.

     But my heart’s quite intact.

     (I’m reporting a fact.)

Why?  I’m blaming some pilot’s mistake.

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

De Gustibus

De Gustibus

 

 

 

 

 

“With that babe, lovely-limbed, angel-faced,

Walks a loser who should be erased

     From existence’s page.

     Such sights must invite rage!”

“No accounting, observer, for taste.”

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Stand in Line

Stand in Line

 

 

 

 

 

“Stand in line?  That is no way to spend

Precious time that is mine.  I descend

     Not that shamefully low.

     To your line I cry no!”

Sir, the lines of our lives never end.

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Order Restored

Order Restored

 

 

 

 

 

The perp sentenced, and order restored,

All the spectators looked slightly bored

     With the safety they’d gained.

     For excitement they strained.

(That’s what happens when Justice is whored.)

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley