Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

In Angulis Platearum

In Angulis Platearum

Shea’s trying really hard to say that yes
To God. What’s more, he wants us all to know
How hard he’s really trying. What a show
He makes of it! How Pharisees progress!
Street corners were the ticket to success
In former times. Today, though, stages grow.
The Internet lets hundreds – thousands! – know
That Shea’s an earnest Christian, more or less.
Give me a break from such attention whores!
My gaze has pierced the artificial mist
That shields false witnesses and drooling bores.
Sorry excuse, this lame apologist!
His belly is the god that he adores,
And cream-filled donuts are his eucharist.

–Tom Riley

(Dog-hater and notorious glutton Mark Shea tries really hard – and advertises, too!)

In a Vacuum

In a Vacuum

If you listen
in a vacuum, you won’t
hear the bell.

–Tom Riley