Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Ancient Souls

Ancient Souls

 

 

(for Jerry Cooper)

 

 

We were old when the old world was young,
when the songs folks forget were unsung.
So we’re frightfully old–
but still vital and bold.
(Pardon me: I just coughed up a lung….)

 

 

–Tom Riley

Damned Inequality

Damned Inequality

 

 

He hates damned inequality more
than he hates theft or unrighteous war
or the Devil’s red ass
or economy class.
He will make us all equally poor.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Ruder

Ruder

 

 

“How rude of you to keep your hat on, guy!”
“You’d judge me ruder if you saw my head:
your heart would give a wild internal cry.”
“How rude of you to keep your hat on, guy!
To you the rules, you may think, don’t apply.
I’d urge you to be tractable instead.
How rude of you to keep your hat on, guy!”
“You’d judge me ruder if you saw my head.”

 

 

–Tom Riley