Flammeus Gladius

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Notes on an Infantile Understanding

Notes on an Infantile Understanding

His understanding’s infantile – but, hey,
He’ll still impose his brainless point of view
On everyone, today and every day!
His understanding’s infantile. But, hey,
Why let stupidity get in his way?
He’ll do what such as he must always do.
His understanding’s infantile, but hey:
He’ll still impose his brainless point of view!

–Tom Riley

Prophetic Voice

Prophetic Voice

In this dark world, he thought his voice was needed.
The rest of us just laughed as he proceeded.

–Tom Riley

Insights In

Insights In

Please hold your insights in, sir, with your piss.
When I leave, then your urge will find release.
It’s clear how loud your inner serpents hiss.
Please hold your insights in, sir, with your piss.
The streams you aim at me are sure to miss,
Anyhow. Your restraint will keep the peace.
Please! Hold your insights in, sir – with your piss!
When I leave, then your urge will find release.

–Tom Riley

Consolation of a Mediocrity

Consolation of a Mediocrity

He liked to
think that he’d managed to
excel in moderation.

–Tom Riley

Indubitable

Indubitable

They doubted once – but learned to shed
The doubts their masters told them to.
Conformity thus moved ahead.
They doubted – once – but learned to shed
The thoughts that were adjudged ill-bred
By those who claimed they truly knew.
They doubted one but learned to shed
The doubts their masters told them to.

–Tom Riley

Spewed Forth

Spewed Forth

You liked it neither cold nor hot—
And therefore you’re condemned to rot.

–Tom Riley

Idea Man

Idea Man

With abstractions he longed to have sex,
Begged ideas to hail him as “Rex.”
Intellectual goof!
Abstract thought stays aloof—
And the bedroom grows way too complex.

–Tom Riley

Everybody’s Way

Everybody’s Way

I must get out of everybody’s way—
And everybody’s way is everywhere.
Faced with these hard truths, what is there to say?
I must get out of everybody’s way
Indeed. Location is a game we play
In peril, and its rules are never fair.
I must get out of everybody’s way,
And everybody’s way is everywhere.

–Tom Riley

Unused

Unused

Limbs I never
even knew I had are
now completely paralyzed.

–Tom Riley

To Be Too Busy Is Some Danger

To Be Too Busy Is Some Danger

As I go for a trivial hike,
My contemplative mind is on strike—
And may stay so forever.
Curse all active endeavor!
It’s a busier life than I like.

–Tom Riley