Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Magister Definitus

Magister Definitus

 

The Master is defined by the effects
That he eschews. His limits free his soul
To march ahead, Imperator et Rex,
And aspire to an unimagined goal
In his imagination. Does the whole
Denounce him as an unimportant part?
Well, let it! He does not accept his role.
He crushes definitions with his art.
The Master doesn’t think that he is smart.
He swallows smartness as a python does
A rat. The workhorse stands behind the cart
Puzzled. Is this the barnyard, folks, that was?
And all who dared to be at liberty
Are bound in chains that never had to be.

 

–Tom Riley

 

 

(First appeared in Blue Unicorn, v. 38, n.1, October 2014)

Bat-Eating Boa

Bat-Eating Boa

 

 

“Let my outer form now be a bat’s!”
said the vampire. “Let pecs, delts, and lats
drive adroit, speedy wings!”
But some snakes snatch such things
from the air. Cried the poor vampire: “Rats!”

 

 

–Tom Riley