Flammeus Gladius

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Tag: French forms

Must Be True

Must Be True

We’re sure that what we’re saying must be true.
The CIA is feeding us our lines!
Who at this time must cease to question? You!
We’re sure that what we’re saying must be true.
The shit we’ve been assigned we spew on cue.
We just ignore all countervailing signs.
We’re sure that what we’re saying must be true:
The CIA is feeding us our lines!

–Tom Riley

Rotten Heart

Rotten Heart

We knew that Putin had a rotten heart
When he declined to celebrate gay sex
As we do now in science and in art.
We knew that Putin had a rotten heart
When he suggested sodomy’s not smart.
His bigotry the whole West now corrects.
We knew that Putin had a rotten heart
When he declined to celebrate gay sex.

–Tom Riley

Strange and Wild

Strange and Wild

Knowing reality could not be tamed,
He put his faith in something strange and wild.
Unaware of the rules, he played the game.
Knowing reality could not be tamed,
He drew the rough-hewn bow and, smiling, aimed.
Some sacred things are meant to be defiled.
Knowing reality could not be tamed,
He put his faith in something strange and wild.

–Tom Riley

Archie Bunker’s Son-in-Law Explains It All to You

Archie Bunker’s Son-in-Law Explains It All to You

Because of all those great accomplishments,
The Meathead thinks that Biden’s quite a guy.
The self-deception here is, well, immense.
Because of all those great accomplishments,
Critiquing Joe makes very little sense—
According now to jerks who must be high.
Because of all those great accomplishments,
The Meathead thinks that Biden’s quite a guy.

–Tom Riley

Physicality

Physicality

I’m conscious of my physicality.
Why does the body function as it does—
Maddeningly and inauspiciously?
I’m conscious of my physicality
Anew – and all my conscious cells agree
They’re irritated by the low-grade buzz.
I’m conscious of my physicality:
Why does the body function as it does?

–Tom Riley

Elusive Diagnosis

Elusive Diagnosis

They ordered tests – and then yet further tests.
Humanity is hard to diagnose.
Who truly knows the place where anguish rests?
They ordered tests – and then yet further tests.
In science every human heart invests.
Better to hold internal reason close.
They ordered tests – and then yet further tests.
Humanity is hard to diagnose.

–Tom Riley

Collapsing

Collapsing

The Empire is collapsing as we speak.
Why is the Emperor still full of pride?
He’s naked – and we see that he’s a freak.
The Empire is collapsing as we speak.
In history, such moments aren’t unique.
The evidence is always, though, denied.
The Empire is collapsing as we speak.
Why is the Emperor still full of pride?

–Tom Riley

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale

Liz Cheney drove a guy to suicide.
Her temptress looks were not a factor, though.
Eager to take the country for a ride,
Liz Cheney drove a guy to suicide.
“I’m saving our democracy!” she cried.
When she’s in Hell, I pray she’s down there low.
Liz Cheney? Drove a guy to suicide.
Her temptress looks were not a factor, though.

–Tom Riley

Way She Felt

The Way She Felt

“Why do you think I feel this way?” she said.
The shrug we gave was perfect eloquence—
The sort of absence all the empty dread.
“Way do you think I feel this way?” she said
Again. And our refusal to be led
Into the trap was then our sole defense.
“Why do you think I feel this way?” she said.
The shrug we gave was perfect eloquence.

–Tom Riley

Pharisee Examines His Conscience

The Pharisee Examines His Conscience

Examination of the conscience, eh?
I swear I never saw a finer sight!
What noble motivations I display!
Examination of the conscience, eh?
My actions were exemplary all day!
God will admire my dreams all through the night!
Examination of the conscience, eh?
I swear: I never saw a finer sight!

–Tom Riley