Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Tag: poems

Rally Now

Rally Now

We have to rally now for Roe v. Wade
A ruling that we’ve never read in fact.
We feature every freak in our parade.
We have to rally! Now! For Roe v. Wade!
Our feticidal rage must be displayed!
Supreme Court justices must be attacked!
We have to rally now for Roe v. Wade
A ruling that we’ve never read in fact.

–Tom Riley

Consolation of a Mediocrity

Consolation of a Mediocrity

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

–Tom Riley

Tragedian

The Tragedian

“The words I write are sad – and therefore true.”
It’s sad that no one buys that argument
In principle – and even less from you.
“The words I write are sad and therefore true.
Mortal unhappiness I shape anew.
I crystallize the cold world’s discontent.
The words I write are sad. And therefore true!”
It’s sad that no one buys that argument.

–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

Approaching Expiration Date

Approaching Expiration Date

Truth: Ukraine will be pacified soon.
Ghost of Kyiv fans learned quickly to swoon
Over fictions incredible.
Shit, though, doesn’t stay edible.
Folks will presently sing a new tune.

–Tom Riley

Unpassable

Unpassable

He put on makeup like a girl
But couldn’t void that facial stubble.
On lashes he imposed a curl.
He put on makeup – like a girl
Who thinks to snag a duke or earl.
Fred Flintstone more that Betty Rubble,
He put on makeup like a girl—
But couldn’t void that facial stubble.

–Tom Riley

Join the Club

Join the Club

Finland, Sweden: they’re joining the clique.
At the bear they’ll both shake the same stick
As invaded Ukraine.
Will they feel the same pain?
If they don’t, it’ll be a neat trick.

–Tom Riley

Spewed Forth

Spewed Forth

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

–Tom Riley

Exemplary Generosity

Exemplary Generosity

“I’m generous with other people’s money,
And therefore I’m the finest Catholic sage!”
Says Mark P. Shea, who doesn’t think it’s funny.
“I’m generous with other people’s money,
And therefore I deserve both milk and honey.
I am the Pastry Prophet of the Age!
I’m generous with other people’s money—
And therefore I’m the finest Catholic sage.”

–Tom Riley

Evacuated to the Enemy

Evacuated to the Enemy

The Ukronazis got evacuated
All the way into Russian custody.
A triumph – as Ukraine has clearly stated!
The Ukronazis got evacuated!
The truth in such reports is what is hated.
How obvious can all these liars be?
The Ukronazis got evacuated—
All the way into Russian custody.

–Tom Riley