Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Sonnet Viewed as a One-Two Combination

The Sonnet Viewed as a One-Two Combination

 
Some folks have told me: “Stop insulting Shea!
You’re sinking to his level when you do!”
My friends, that’s such a silly game to play!
I may kick Shea too often, it is true.
His glaring weaknesses I may pursue
Too zealously. I may take Juvenal
As model too uncritically. These few
Objections I acknowledge. But they’re small.
Next to them, it is vital to recall
Shea needs a purpose like the rest of us.
To grant him such a purpose I stand tall.
Wouldn’t transcendent powers have it thus?
Serial fraud is all he’s really stood for.
To be my punching bag is all he’s good for.

 
–Tom Riley

Wannabe

Wannabe

(for M.M.)

Chessmaster Anna Rudolf has a dream,
Maria. Yes, she longs to look like you,
Achieving beauty’s uttermost extreme
And making femininity anew.
To score this win, there’s nothing she won’t do.
A thousand times, she’d throw away her queen
As if she didn’t have a slender clue
Over the board when geniuses convene.
It’s not enough to be a chess machine.
She wants to join the costumed goddess crowd—
A crowd of one when you have made the scene.
She might as well be howling it aloud.
Will gods of good looks ever answer yes?
Not a chance – but she plays exquisite chess.

–Tom Riley

 

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Heroic Annals

Heroic Annals

 

 
All the sages of late night TV
You have echoed – and so valiantly!
Against Trump you have stood.
You are brilliant and good.
In the annals heroic you’ll be!

 

 
–Tom Riley