Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Month: August, 2021

Listen Close

Listen Close

You can’t, my lad, believe a word they say—
But listen close for evidence of lies.
Distrust, once fostered, never goes away.
You can’t, my lad, believe a word they say.
Serious are the games they opt to play—
And deadly. Caution here is doubly wise.
You can’t, my lad, believe a word they say—
But listen close for evidence of lies.

–Tom Riley

In Hoc Signo

In Hoc Signo

“In this sign you will conquer!” they declared.
The Rainbow Flag, however, couldn’t cut it.
Into a future dark our leaders stared.
“In this sign you will conquer!” they declared.
The Taliban, however, wasn’t scared.
The door was once wide open, but they shut it.
“In this sign you will conquer!” they declared.
The Rainbow Flag, however, couldn’t cut it.

–Tom Riley

In the Face of Danger

In the Face of Danger

I yawn in
danger’s face! Am I brave?
No, just sleepy.

–Tom Riley

Neo-Con Villanelle

Neo-Con Villanelle

Hey, look, folks: we’re projecting power,
Inspiring everywhere respect!
The foe advances by the hour.

We’ve worked so hard we need a shower.
Our plaudits then we’ll all collect.
Hey, look, folks! We’re projecting power

Through plans perfected in our tower.
Our every move was quite correct.
The foe advances by the hour.

Why do our petty critics glower?
They must have joined a loony sect.
Hey, look! Folks, we’re projecting power

Over the globe. Let freedom flower!
When was the last time that you checked?
The foe advances by the hour.

The wine of victory grows sour.
With common types we can’t connect.
Hey, look, folks: we’re projecting power.
The foe advances by the hour.

–Tom Riley

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Not Quite Justice

Not Quite Justice

Has justice seized the throat of Cuomo now?
It was in fact some fellow Democrat,
Not perfect cosmic balance from the Tao.
Has justice seized the throat of Cuomo now?
I wish it had – and briefly I’ll allow
That I enjoyed the writhing of that rat.
Has justice seized the throat of Cuomo now?
It was in fact some fellow Democrat.

–Tom Riley

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Poster Boy for Panic

Poster Boy for Panic

Fauci: the will
of the most fearful embodied
in one man!

–Tom Riley

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Polytheists

Polytheists

We loved the Mask, converted to the Shot,
And now with joy adore the Mask anew.
Is our religion fixed in stone? It’s not.
We loved the Mask, converted to the Shot,
And mean to worship finally a lot
Of different gods. We’ll make you worship, too.
We loved the Mask, converted to the Shot,
And now with joy adore the Mask anew.

–Tom Riley

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Accusation

Accusation

“With your thoughts and your words and your acts—
All undisciplined, nasty, and lax—
You are spreading disease!”
Just a brief question, please….
“Don’t you dare interrupt us with facts!”

–Tom Riley

Can’t Let It Go

Can’t Let It Go

Bureaucrat Fauci just can’t let it go.
He found undue importance in our fears
And loved to be the top star in the show.
Bureaucrat Fauci just can’t let it go.
The camera inspires in him a glow
That justifies his parasitic years.
Bureaucrat Fauci just can’t let it go.
He found undue importance in our fears.

–Tom Riley

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Smear Campaign

Smear Campaign

You dare to smear the hero Harry Dunn?
“Jussie Smollett,” you say? You dare? You dare?
You think such vile comparisons are fun?
May you long suffer in the Devil’s lair!
May your phone fail when you call for repair!
May you writhe in an endless agony!
May daily weights prove more than you can bear!
May all your pain transpire where we can see!
You should have been considerate, like me.
Such vain words of abuse I’d never use.
I strive to be as woke as I can be.
I try to cultivate the proper views.
That line to Harry Dunn I’d never say.
I might, though, call him “Juicy-Ass Smollay.”

–Tom Riley

a man wearing a uniform: U.S. Capitol Police officer Sgt. Harry Dunn testifies before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Canon House Office Building in Washington, DC.