Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Rockin’

Rockin’

 

 

“Black girls rock!” says Michelle. Helps a ton
to hear that. Lots of harms are undone
by those words, rich and wise,
and the look in her eyes.
She should know — since she’s married to one.

 

 

–Tom Riley

In Judgment

In Judgment

 

 

Am I judging you harshly? Well, yes.
You’re a fool. You’re a clown. You’re a mess.
You’re a pig. You’re a cur.
In condemning you, sir,
I acknowledge no risk of excess.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Controversialist

The Controversialist

 

 

Yea, his vast compositional skill
he employs with a furious will!
But his whole scheme depends
on not coming to ends–
so he won’t zero in for the kill.

 

 

–Tom Riley