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Starving Aesthete

The Starving Aesthete

 

Oh, transport! I am listening to Strauss!
How can I think right now of sucking blood?
That’s the preoccupation of a louse.
Oh, transport! I am listening to Strauss!
Music’s the only fluid in the house
For me! Raised high above mere graveyard mud—
Oh, transport! – I am listening to Strauss.
How can I think right now of sucking blood?

 

–Tom Riley

 

Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra / Dudamel · Berliner ...

Raise a Spirit

Raise a Spirit

 

Boldly, I raised a spirit from the dead.
He made the same old boring conversation
He had in life. Though warned, I went ahead
Boldly: I raised a spirit from the dead,
One I had known. Did I recoil in dread?
Not at all – but my yawns knew no cessation.
Boldly I raised a spirit from the dead.
He made the same old boring conversation.

 

–Tom Riley

 

John Dee and Edward Kelly Summoning the Dead, 19th Century . . . — Buy this… | The magicians ...

Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire

“On adventure I fondly embark!”
Louis said. “Nay, it’s not a mere lark!
This is serious stuff….”
But he learned soon enough:
There was nothing at all but the dark.

–Tom Riley

 

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Smooth Talker

Smooth Talker

 

The vampire savior slyly preaches
That death is immortality.
How many hearts his message reaches!
The vampire savior slyly preaches
A satin gospel, free of screeches.
Are we convinced? We seem to be.
The vampire savior slyly preaches
That death is immortality.

 

–Tom Riley

Quite an Offer

Quite an Offer

 

Freedom, Lord, you have offered. The tale
Is an old one – and how can we fail
In acute recognition?
You say freedom’s our mission.
Without doubt, quite an offer. No sale.

 

–Tom Riley

Direful Dave

What Tearing Down Confederate Monuments Won't Solve | Time

 

Direful Dave

 

(for Andrew Cooper)

 

Glenn Goody, Glenn Goody,
A liberal guy,
Decided to send forth
A shrill battle cry.

“I cannot endure it,
That damn C.S.A.!
I wish all its statues
Forever away!”

Was slavery long over?
Were rebels long dead?
Glenn just didn’t buy it.
He fought on instead.

The statue in Glenn’s town
Was called Direful Dave.
Dave needed a new sword—
And he needed a shave.

For Dave in his lifetime,
Like most rebel sons,
Had been poorly equipped when
He faced down Yankee guns.

He rode far with Jeb Stuart
And he perished uncowed.
And of Dave his home town had
Remained always proud.

Well, except for Glenn Goody,
Long encumbered by hate.
He was planning for Dave
An embarrassing fate.

So one night when the moon was
Just a sliver of light,
Glenn pushed over Dave’s figure
From its pedestal’s height.

Then with chisel and hammer
Glenn erased Dave’s poor face.
In the spirit of judgment,
Glenn committed disgrace.

When the crime was discovered,
Folks were fit to be tied.
Sheriff spoke to Glenn Goody—
But Glenn easily lied.

When the full moon arrived, though,
And the morning came after,
Something deep within ended:
Glenn’s interior laughter.

On the pedestal emptied
Lay Glenn’s body, distressed—
For a warhorse’s fierce hooves
Had caved in his chest.

And between his two legs lay
What could not be ignored:
Glenn’s judgmental head severed
By one sweep of the sword.

People say in the town now
When the moon swells and shines
Dave is no longer direful.
They can tell by the signs.

Evildoers delivered
To Dave’s pedestal prove
That the town’s long-gone hero
Is now back in the groove.

And the blacksmith is grinning—
For he knows who has made
Solid shoes for Dave’s charger
And for Dave a new blade.

 

Deo Vindice!

Tom Riley

Fearmonger

Fearmonger

 

Halloween is, of course, drawing near.
Joe is selling us oodles of fear.
Creepy Joe: hey, nice try!
But your crap I don’t buy.
Why don’t you, like a ghost, disappear?

 

–Tom Riley

 

Debate Performance

Debate Performance

 

A-plus to Joe!” declares the sage.
“He didn’t piss himself on stage.”

 

–Tom Riley

 

Joe Biden

Dracula (by Basho)

Dracula (by Basho)

 

How disappointing!
So many vampire hunters
managed to survive!

 

–Tom Riley

 

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Case of the Unauthorized Exorcists

The Case of the Unauthorized Exorcists

 

We tried to draw you from your nightmare, lass.
Incredibly, you pulled us in with you.
Attending briefly to demonic sass,
We tried to draw you from your nightmare, lass:
Your spirit of oppression sure kicks ass!
He overcame our whole tremendous crew!
We tried to draw you from your nightmare, lass.
Incredibly, you pulled us in with you.

 

–Tom Riley