Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Fading Resemblance

Fading Resemblance

Americans are looking less and less
Like Shea. He’s pitching this as dreadful news
For anyone who doesn’t share his views
On race and welfare and contrariness.
Black voters, he imagines, will progress
To futures in which Democrats can use
Black votes to win in every case. Black dues
Are paid. Now it is payback time, I guess.
Americans are looking less like Shea.
This isn’t a surprise, of course. It’s fate.
Any resemblance caused acute dismay
When it was there. It’s gone? I think that’s great.
It’s a delightful change in one clear way:
It means Americans are losing weight!

—Tom Riley

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Viewpoint

Viewpoint

“Get your ass out of here!” I exclaimed.
“At your absence I’ve earnestly aimed
Since your feet first walked in,
And your loss is my win!”
He did not like my viewpoint as framed.

–Tom Riley

Momentous

Momentous

“There are signs from the sky you’re ignoring.
There are orders you must be restoring.
There are hopes vast and high.
There are rules to apply.”
I find all that momentous stuff boring.

–Tom Riley

What Makes a Man Unclean

What Makes a Man Unclean

Overgrown with ridiculous hair,
His fat face vomits lies in the air.
Though I sneer at the beard—
Which is frightfully weird—
What I hate is what comes out of there.

–Tom Riley

Departure

Departure

Your departure, of course, I await
Not resigned to an unhappy fate
But transformed by the sight
Of a vision of light.
It’s the fucking delay that I hate.

–Tom Riley

Moderates

Moderates

Mitch McConnell and other lame fucks:
Do these creeps even rank with the cucks?
Do they even aspire
To the Ninth Circle’s fire?
Hard to tell. Moderation, though, sucks.

–Tom Riley

Quite Impressed

Quite Impressed

You’re earnest, and I’m quite impressed.
I promise I’ll pretend to care.
Sincerity, I guess, is best.
You’re earnest – and I’m quite impressed.
Your character I’d never guessed.
Now I find I can only stare.
You’re earnest. And I’m quite impressed.
I promise I’ll pretend to care.

–Tom Riley

Intellectual Sodomy

Intellectual Sodomy

He’s no bugger. So claims Mark P. Shea.
And false charges are never okay.
I draw back – not a lot.
Sodomite? Maybe not—
But he buggers the truth every day.

–Tom Riley

Inevitable Progress

Inevitable Progress

The leftist values Fr. Martin preaches
Will surely rule the world and church at last.
Although at times his oratory screeches,
The leftist values Fr. Martin preaches
Are charged with confidence, and what he teaches
Will soon transcend the vague truths of the past.
The leftist values Fr. Martin preaches
Will surely rule the world and church at last.

–Tom Riley

Conversation

Conversation

When in doubt, they will make conversation
Past the point of polite toleration.
Will you listen? You will!
Hey, you’re listening still
To their last load of empty oration!

–Tom Riley