Flammeus Gladius

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Heroes against Hate

Heroes against Hate

Hate crimes follow from speech that is free.
This is truth – and you can’t disagree.
First Amendment is shit.
On its tatters we spit.
Certitude makes us heroes, you see.

–Tom Riley

Militant Fluttering

Militant Fluttering

Against hate speech
the butterflies of love never
fail to militate.

–Tom Riley

Holy Mother Russia Day

Holy Mother Russia Day

I failed you, Mother Russia, yesterday.
I failed indeed to greet you as a mother.
Should I of my regret make vain display—
Or is the right course altogether other?
Today too is a day to celebrate.
It’s the day you defeated the aggression
Directed at you by the Nazi state.
As Westerner, I here make full confession:
The West has not esteemed your sacrifice
Nor honored properly your sons and daughters—
But rather sought, and more than once or twice,
To foist upon you further grievous slaughters.
But me, I pray for victory anew
Over the fascists who would strangle you.

–Tom Riley

Full Dark

Full Dark

He prayed for
absolute dark, but the little
eyes kept staring.

–Tom Riley

De Lazaro Parabolico

De Lazaro Parabolico

Across the Great Abyss you view your foes.
In life, you always knew this day would come.
I’m preaching justice here. How wearisome
My mortal voice must sound, its highs and lows
So distant from the aural wine that flows
Where you reside! Indeed, I would be dumb
And keep my words from adding to the sum
Of human chattiness: this goodness knows.
But, oh, I need to comment on your joy
In lines that number twice the holy seven
Even if klutzy errors do annoy
The well-tuned ears of those who know the Leaven
Of Paradise! I’m glad for you, dear boy:
The best revenge is looking down from Heaven.

–Tom Riley

Dandy

Dandy

“War without end is dandy for Ukraine!”
Say NATO puppet masters with a smile.
The pope smiles, too, and prays for peace in vain.
“War without end is dandy for Ukraine!
It heaps on Mother Russia tons of pain.
And, as for us, we pull the strings in style.
War without end is dandy for Ukraine!”
Say NATO puppet masters with a smile.

–Tom Riley

Not-So-Mysterious Case of the Lost Kindle

The Not-So-Mysterious Case of the Lost Kindle

The Kindle is a handy thing, but easily misplaced.
And then, my brain is aging: that’s a fact that must be faced.

–Tom Riley

Next Announcement

The Next Announcement

“The next announcement’s coming really soon!”
My interest I shall labor to maintain.
“Hey, I predict the phases of the moon!
The next announcement’s coming really soon!
Accommodating fans will learn to swoon.
There’s really nothing further to explain.
The next announcement’s coming really soon!”
My interest I shall labor to maintain.

–Tom Riley

In Flight from the Predator Time

In Flight from the Predator Time

The shadows of
the redwooods grant a lovely
place to hide.

–Tom Riley

Facial Recognition

Facial Recognition

America shares genius inspiration
With the pawns that it eagerly deploys
Against the feared and hated Russian nation.
Hey, don’t just kill invading Russian boys!
When they are dead, use way cool high-tech toys
To find their families, then send their pics
Along with some degrading e-mail noise!
Yeah, that’ll teach those crazy Slavic pricks!
And don’t let human decency say nix
As if those Russkie types were human, too.
Of all the unanticipated tricks,
This one, which we enable you to do,
And thus cause Russian mothers sudden pain,
Is worthy of our puppets in Ukraine.

–Tom Riley