Flammeus Gladius

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Humbling Headwear

Humbling Headwear

 

When God’s vengeance descends on your head,
You will not, of course, feel holy dread.
You will shake a fierce fist
And pretend to resist.
But your pride, deep inside, will be dead.

 

—Tom Riley

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Hypocrite Pride

Hypocrite Pride

 

My hypocrisy moves you to frown?
Come on, preacher man! Don’t be a clown!
Leave your moralist box!
My hypocrisy rocks.
Contradiction cannot keep me down.

 

—Tom Riley

Mistake Monitor

Mistake Monitor

 

When another guy makes a mistake,
Then I laugh till my ears start to shake.
No response could be fairer!
But, if I am in error,
Do not smile! It’ll make my heart break!

 

—Tom Riley

Moderation

Moderation

 

Moderation could help you a lot.
Neither cold nor excessively hot,
You could find joy and peace
And the wisdom of Greece
And true love. Then again, maybe not.

 

—Tom Riley

Undying Enmity

Undying Enmity

 

All your enemies seek to pretend
That their actions weren’t meant to offend,
Let alone to attack.
Let your anger go slack?
You should not. Instead, let the lies end!

 

—Tom Riley

Limerick

The Limerick

 

In this form, there is no space to dream.
Its restrictions are clear — and extreme.
It’s a bark, not a hunch—
But it does pack a punch.
When I use it, I’m letting off steam.

 

—Tom Riley

Open Letter to a Priest

Open Letter to a Priest who Backed Hillary

 

Dear Fr. Wilson—

Thanks for your critique.

The dangers posed by Trump indeed are great.
He threatens all the bureaucrats I hate.
That’s why we’re getting leak on errant leak.

He doesn’t really threaten every freak—
But neither does he eagerly fellate
Leviathan, the All-Expansive State,
The way Obama did.

Are prospects bleak?

They’ve been so now for decades. But the game
Of bait-and-switch that politicians played
Managed to hide the evidence and tame
Unrest. Insiders really had it made.

Now they are sometimes thwarted in their aim.
I am exultant rather than afraid.

T.R.

 

(Priest in “America” critiques Trump voters.)

Ruling

Ruling

 

Wow! A federal judge gives a ruling
In response to vain idiots’ puling
That the world’s just not fair.
Why the hell should we care?
Who the fuck does he think that he’s fooling?

 

—Tom Riley

New High Point

A New High Point in American Catholic History

 

 

Whoever ghosted Mrs. Clinton’s shit
Is quoting popes. The Jesuits are thrilled.
All of their aspirations are fulfilled.
With Hillary, some popes are now a hit.
Catholics have pleased her wisdom and her wit.
Jesuit hearts can therefore not be stilled.
Who really gives a damn if kids are killed
In clinics we uphold like Holy Writ?
As long as Goddess Hillary is smiling,
No former Catholic truth need be maintained.
On with fresh praise the Jesuits are piling.
Their sense of glory cannot be contained.
Her gorgeous countenance they find beguiling.
Her utterances echo, Einstein-brained.

 

 

—Tom Riley

 

 

(Jesuit journal “America” gushes over Hillary’s mention of popes.)

Unauthorized

Unauthorized

 

You’re expressing unauthorized views.
In the game of life, that’s how you lose.
In your future invest!
Think, dear sir, like the rest!
You can trust what you see on the news!

 

—Tom Riley