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Very Interested

Very Interested

What are our U.S. interests over there
In Eastern Europe? Fucking New York Post
Can’t say. To be explicit they don’t care.
Easier to be haunted by the Ghost
Of Cold Wars Past – and then in vain to boast
About the might our tranny military
Will wield at moments when it’s needed most.
The quintessential hero is a fairy
Here in the West. Are evil Chechens hairy?
Has Putin lost his ever-lovin’ mind?
Of Russians every blabbermouth is wary.
Our interests over there are undefined—
But, like a dominatrix, still insistent.
What matter now if Eastern Europe’s distant?

–Tom Riley

That Endless Supply of Vacuity

That Endless Supply of Vacuity

Russia’s run out of missiles again.
It has fired off too many. Amen!
Now its arsenals yawn.
All those missiles are gone!
More tomorrow will come. See you then!

–Tom Riley

Adding Detail

Adding Detail

Once the narrative, lad, is in place,
Then we let them leak out into space,
All the details designed
For the unconvinced mind.
Let our lies put a smile on that face!

–Tom Riley

Adding Detail

Adding Detail

Once the narrative, lad, is in place,
Then we let them leak out into space,
All the details designed
For the unconvinced mind.
Let our lies put a smile on that face!

–Tom Riley

On the March

On the March

Ukraine is on the march and soon will win,
The Ghost of Kyiv assured me in a dream.
To doubt his sacred word would be a sin.
Ukraine is on the march – and soon will win!
Oh, let the Age of Certainty begin!
Let it be proved correct, the Western scheme!
Ukraine is on the march (and soon will win).
The Ghost of Kyiv assured me in a dream.

–Tom Riley

Pravda

Pravda

Putin fell down the stairs and shit his pants!
Our confidential sources say it’s true!
Do propaganda narratives advance
Beyond the reach of rational review?
You ain’t heard nothin’ yet! This story too
Is spreading: Putin’s actually possessed
By 15,000 devils, who on cue
Direct him to give humankind no rest.
What’s more, his captured agents have confessed
That he’s an alien from outer space.
When ships abduct the girls who look the best,
They serve these up to Vlad. Such is the case.
Objections to these proven facts are few.
Our confidential sources say they’re true!

–Tom Riley

Insightful Analysis

Insightful Analysis

Russia’s losing!” So says the U.K.
Once again. “Ukronazis display
Such extreme fortitude
That it’s frightfully rude
To point out that they’re quitting today.”

–Tom Riley

Losers

Losers

Russia’s still losing. So say experts here.
I’m not surprised the narrative is such.
Stuck in this globe’s oppressive atmosphere,
Those Russian rockets never were worth much.
Plus, every Russian runner needs a crutch
Just to advance from “A” to nearby “B.”
At glory vainly Russian athletes clutch
And only manage notoriety.
Anyhow, that’s the story. It will be
The same no matter what events transpire.
The West adores this tale unfailingly.
From telling it the West will not retire—
And Russians in Ukraine can’t beat the spin.
They’ll lose and lose and lose – until they win.

–Tom Riley

What a Man Who Dresses as a Woman Really Wants

What a Man Who Dresses as a Woman Really Wants

How obvious can fake news peddlers be?
When it’s required, atrocities are there!
Zelensky really wants that World War Three

That you and I regard suspiciously.
Destroy those evil Russians from the air!
How obvious can fake news peddlers be?

The Ghost of Kyiv, whom no one got to see,
Still haunts the West. Performing from his lair,
Zelensky really wants that World War Three!

Putin is Adolf Hitler, wickedly
Returning from the dead. It isn’t fair!

How obvious can fake news peddlers be?

Contemptuous of objectivity,
They hope that we will only glance, not stare.
Zelensky really wants that World War Three.

He savors every future casualty.
The Slavic realm of course has lives to spare.
How obvious can fake news peddlers be?
Zelensky really wants that World War Three.

–Tom Riley

Where’s Volodymyr Now?

Where’s Volodymyr Now?

Zelensky is in Poland, not in Kyiv.
(Ukrainian is easier to rhyme
Than Russian in this case, and thus I leave
“Kiev” for some other sonneteering time.)
Zelensky is in Poland – not a crime
By any means. I’d flee the country, too,
If Russian troops were after me – but I’m
In California, where the skies are blue.
Zelensky is in Poland. This is true—
So why are he and others still pretending
That he is in Ukraine? Why do they view
The facts as enemies? His stance unbending,
He doubles down. Oh, what sheer gall is his
In Poland! (That is, where Zelensky is.)

–Tom Riley