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Crying Out Even unto the Lord

Crying Out Even unto the Lord

In the Pit,
those damned for dishonesty continue
to preach charity.

–Tom Riley

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Lasciate Ogni Speranza

Lasciate Ogni Speranza

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here
Unmasked!” The current message from my church
Seems less than welcoming. Is it sincere?
I have no doubt. Voluminous research
Persuades me that the mask is now assessed
As more important than the state of grace.
Masklessness is a sin to be confessed.
Masklessness is a thing from outer space.
I should be pissed instead of entertained.
The clown show, though, is just too much for me.
Government bureaucrats are mealworm-brained—
And churchmen join them in stupidity.
Part of me think it’s absolutely swell
To see such words, as on the Gates of Hell.

–Tom Riley

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Joe Catholic

Joe Catholic

 

Et oratio eius fiat in peccatum.

 

Pretending Joe’s a super-Catholic guy
Is just about as silly as can be—
Too damn implausible to be a lie,
More a great scrap of imbecility.
Of course Joe likes to show his rosary.
Of course he likes to preen at morning Mass
For all the heathen media to see.
Of course the Jesuits will kiss his ass.
All flesh is, as the Bible tells us, grass—
And Joe’s scant flesh is overdue for mowing.
Still, what’s the focus of his fading sass?
The baby-killing party that he’s throwing!
His soul’s a writhing worm, his prayer a crock,
His place beneath a small infernal rock.

 

–Tom Riley

 

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(N.B. The hateful form of child sacrifice now denoted by the euphemism “induced abortion” is a crime offensive to the common decency of the human race, not just to the moral theology of the Catholic Church. All men and women of good will should oppose it. Bad Touch Biden and other putative Catholics who support this abomination are especially culpable only because they have been given such a clear and rational teaching by their religious authorities and therefore cannot plead ignorance. Arguably, they are guilty of betrayal as well as of violence – and will find their appropriate place in the ninth and lowest circle of Hell. However, I couldn’t bear to grant Creepy Joe the same dignity extended to Marcus Brutus. So I shoved his invertebrate psychic ass under a rock. May it rot there! TR.)

Many-Traveled Man

Many-Traveled Man

 

Some fucking cunt who passes for a teacher
Is boasting that she’s banned The Odyssey.
Reason, of course, can never hope to reach her.
She’s moved by intersectionality,
So literary greatness makes her flee,
The petty bitch. No doubt her colleagues cheer.
The hero known for deep sagacity?
The shallow want his fame to disappear.
But he’s renowned beyond their whiny sphere
Where only automatic groupthink rules,
Beyond the silly jargon they hold dear,
Beyond the borders of their bonehead schools.
Even in Dante’s Hell, Ulysses rocks—
Whereas this slut will suck demonic cocks.

 

–Tom Riley

 

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Pod Person

Pod Person

 

More baseless self-importance, you dumb cunt.
Nobody wants to shelter in your pod.
Sounds like a punishment from Dante’s God,
A German’s winter on the Russian front,
Decapitation with a blade that’s blunt,
A long confinement with, say, Sweeney Todd—
Yes, all rolled into one. So is it odd
That no sane man would want to bear the brunt
Of your despised proximity? Go hide
All on your lonesome, keeping your vile shit
Up your chute, irretrievably inside
Forever! Such a course will be a hit
With all mankind. We’ll all be satisfied.
We’ll celebrate your absence, not your wit.

 

–Tom Riley

 

(Poetastress RBW excludes folks from her “pandemic pod.”)

Cannibal Games

Cannibal Games

 

The glutton Shea can’t wait to make a meal
Of little babies murdered with a view
Toward keeping him from dying of the new-
Though-aging virus. He cannot conceal
His overwhelming appetite, his zeal
For doing what the principled won’t do.
When challenged, he is proud to take the cue:
“Bergoglio says it’s really no big deal!”
Dante placed – as the literate would know—
Numerous popes in Hell. Those in their day
Were arrogant as well: Hell likes them so.
Yes, Francis is called pope. For him I pray:
On him let all transcendent mercy flow!
(The same wish I do not extend to Shea.)

 

–Tom Riley

 

Inattentive Sky

Inattentive Sky

 

 

You’re whining at an inattentive sky—
But shout defiance and you’ll win a hearing.
The powers do not even wonder why
You’re whining at an inattentive sky.
They smile because they know their rules apply.
They often find inept complaint endearing.
You’re whining at an inattentive sky.
But shout defiance and you’ll win a hearing.

 

 

–Tom Riley

 

William Blake - The Complete Works - Inferno, Canto XIV, 46-72, Capaneus the Blasphemer ...

(William Blake, Capaneus the Blasphemer.)

Case of the COVID-19 Hypocrite

The Case of the COVID-19 Hypocrite

To you and me, Shea preaches mitigation—
And then, right out in public, Fat Boy spits.
Can anybody say I’m picking nits
When I condemn his foul expectoration?
To him, of course, it’s no real innovation
To share excrescences – piss, boogers, shits.
But this is worse: amongst the hypocrites
He’s sure to find his final hellish station.
That’s Circle Eight, in case you don’t recall.
With sinners of his own dishonest class
He’ll suffer. Lying will not help at all—
But lies will there still constitute his sass.
Demonic spittle on his face will fall.
He’ll have to wear a mask across his ass.

–Tom Riley

Bagel Control

Bagel Control

 
Meghan McCain, your father is in Hell—
Amongst the traitors, deep in Circle Nine.
He campaigned as conservative, the swine,
Then stabbed his voters in the back. The smell
Of brimstone fills his nostrils now. The well
Of justice has absorbed him. God’s design
Is thus fulfilled. When order is divine,
Defiance builds its own eternal cell.
What’s more, the creep fomented countless wars
To uphold foreign cronies. Acting tough,
He serviced special interests with such whores
As Teddy Kennedy. Now, in the buff,
He feels the flames no sinner long ignores.
Quit with the bagels, bitch. You’ve had enough.

 
–Tom Riley

 

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(Meghan McCain can’t even buy a bagel without six of her dad’s fans sniffing her behind.)

Hopeful

Hopeful

“Hey, you can’t look askance at the Pope!
That’s an attitude not in your scope.
Though our logic be weak,
We condemn your critique!”
So you say. Dante, though, gives me hope.

–Tom Riley

 

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