Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Month: February, 2017

Spartacus

Spartacus

 

 

Kirk Douglas tried like hell to save us all
From the tyrannical Olivier.
The chances, though, were always really small.
Kirk Douglas tried like hell to save us all—
But now he’s gone, and almost past recall.
Oh, what a hurtful and demeaning day!
Kirk Douglas tried like hell to save us all
From the tyrannical Olivier.

 

 

–Tom Riley

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Fellow Man

Fellow Man

 

 

Inner peace? My occasions are few.
It is something I rarely renew
In my heart. Oh, of late,
I am in a tense state!
And I owe it to people like you.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Everybody in the Graveyard Is Somebody’s Baby

Everyone in the Graveyard Is Somebody’s Baby

 

 

Here patient maternal
powers have inflicted the time-out
that never ends.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Six Days Is Five Days Too Many

Six Days Is Five Days Too Many

 

 

“Get it done!” cried God’s fans. “Get it done!
Here a moon, there a fierce, burning sun.
Add some dirt and an ocean.
Set the whole mess in motion!
There’s no time for you, Lord, to have fun!”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Late

Late

 

 

It was late. It was later than late—
And unconsciousness loomed, big like fate,
As I hopelessly stared
At a world unrepaired.
When I dreamt, my hopes didn’t inflate.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Nothing to Do

Nothing to Do

 

 

“We have all of us something to do!”
They protested when he gave the cue
For expanding negation
And aggressive cessation.
But he answered: “It’s not up to you.”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Idiot Instruction

Idiot Instruction

 

 

The idiots instruct us every day.
The problem is that someday we may learn
The foolish lesson they put on display.
The idiots instruct us – every day
That we can stand. If we show wild dismay,
They just repeat their idiot concern.
The idiots instruct us every day.
The problem is that someday we might learn.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Guarantee

Guarantee

 

 

“We guarantee you everything today.”
But can I trust in such a guarantee?
“That’s what distrustful creatures always say!
We guarantee you everything today—
And our great seal is not a vain display,
As very soon you’ll readily agree.
We guarantee you everything today!”
But can I trust in such a guarantee?

 

 

–Tom Riley

Happy the Man

Happy the Man

 

 

“Aren’t we sick of the way we must be?
Does our anguish not sting endlessly?
Does it not drive us ape?
Don’t we long to escape?”
And the happy man answered: “Not me!”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Boggle

Boggle

 

 

“Shall I boggle,” he asked her, “your mind?”
“How is boggle,” she answered, “defined?”
“Oh, I’ll turn it around
and dismay and astound….”
“Then I must say I’m much disinclined.”

 

 

–Tom Riley