Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Month: August, 2016

Trip to the Vampire State

Trip to the Vampire State

 

 

I’m in the realm where Cuomo Junior reigns.
I must admit I’m missing Jerry Brown.
My sense of inborn liberty complains:
I’m in the realm where Cuomo Junior reigns!
He beats his hairy chest, expands his veins,
and is supreme as tyrant and as clown.
I’m in the realm where Cuomo Junior reigns.
I must admit I’m missing Jerry Brown.

 

 

–Tom Riley

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Not Drowning

Not Drowning

 

 

You weren’t drowning. Your many fans cheered.
Precious breath, sir, has not disappeared
from your lungs. It’s still there!
Of your life I’m aware.
You weren’t drowning. It’s just as I feared.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Giant Ambition

Giant Ambition

 

 

“I shall shatter the earth!” he declared.
At his great size the populace stared
with misgivings immense.
By ensuing events
was his attitude swiftly repaired.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Famous Name

Famous Name

 

 

I was thinking of whom I could blame
for injustice that time cannot tame,
for the lives spoiled by lies
and the sad dream that dies.
Lucky me: I remembered your name!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Stun Gun

Stun Gun

 

 

“By my stun gun, now charged with a fund
of sheer energy, foes are outgunned!”
So I said then, fierce foe.
After trying, I know
that it’s not true.  For you were born stunned….

 

 

–Tom Riley

Hard Things

Hard Things

 

 

Are you needing to get hard things done?
Do they grow on your list, one by one,
till you see no escape?
Hey, there, guy, don’t go ape!
Just eschew every vestige of fun….

 

 

–Tom Riley

That Safe Feeling

That Safe Feeling

 

 

Jihad Johnnies pursuing a purity
that will subjugate sinful futurity
cannot possibly win.
They’ll make no progress in–
for Obama defends our security!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Fulfillment

Fulfillment

 

 

In the desert
he longed for water — then
the floods came.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Historic

Historic

 

 

It’s historic. So boldly say you.
It’s historic. Repeated anew,
that assertion’s a bore,
you damn son of a whore!
What’s historic is sickening too.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Lawn Tech

Lawn Tech

 

 

Next door’s leaf blowers give me the shakes–
and my head’s looking forward to aches
of which noise is the sign.
Hey, efficiency’s fine–
but a neighbor prefers simple rakes.

 

 

–Tom Riley