Flammeus Gladius

Carmina et Verba pro Discipulis Meis

Tag: Provençal forms

Model Rebel

A Model Rebel

To fashionable idols he kowtows,
Insisting he’s a model rebel still.
He goes for bestial sex with sacred cows.
To fashionable idols he kowtows.
Before their hierophants he boldly bows.
If toady looks could kill, then his would kill.
To fashionable idols he kowtows,
Insisting he’s a model rebel still.

–Tom Riley

Consolations

Consolations

The consolations, sir, of alcohol
I’ve been denied for five whole fucking days.
Similar suffering I can’t recall!
The consolations, sir, of alcohol
To me were not embarrassing at all—
But, lacking them, I wander in a maze.
The consolations, sir, of alcohol
I’ve been denied for five whole fucking days!

–Tom Riley

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True Dread

True Dread

If only Stonewall Jackson could have led
The insurrection at the Capitol!
Our congresscowards would have known true dread—
If only Stonewall Jackson could have led
Northern Virginia’s finest men ahead
Against Leviathan. Do I appall?
If only Stonewall Jackson could have led
The insurrection at the Capitol!

–Tom Riley

Into Safety

Into Safety

I’ve castled into safety, as you see.
Is my position solid? Ha! You bet!
Opposing men: no point pursuing me.

To step aside these pawns will not agree.
It’s futile here to weave a mating net.
I’ve castled into safety – as you see

With your own eyes. Sublime security
Is now my clear and blessed state. Well met,
Opposing men! No point pursuing me!

The checkmate you envision cannot be.
With your strong queen I’ll have no tête-à-tête.
I’ve castled into safety. As you see,

I’m practically celestial royalty.
I’ve made the right investments, and I’m set,
Opposing men. No point pursuing me.

The board must now submit on bended knee.
Resistance is the pathway to regret.
I’ve castled into safety – as you see,
Opposing men. No point pursuing me!

–Tom Riley

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Cryptic Truth

Cryptic Truth

“Deus laudem meam ne tacueris.”

Apollo would have spoken cryptic truth.
Omnipotence, however, holds its peace.
The Oracle was not a kissing booth.
Apollo would have spoken cryptic truth
In the thrice-wearied world’s untutored youth.
Now all such tortured revelations cease.
Apollo would have spoken cryptic truth.
Omnipotence, however, holds its peace.

–Tom Riley

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A Big If

A Big If

If I just got the vax, I’d be secure
Against all forms of death now known to man
And woman. There’d be no pain to endure
If I just got the vax. I’d be secure.
I’d need no distant God to reassure
My overburdened soul. I’d have a plan
If I just got the vax. I’d be secure
Against all forms of death now known to man.

–Tom Riley

Paul Goes to the Gentiles

Paul Goes to the Gentiles

“Ex hoc ad gentes vadam.”

The Gentiles, they were full of joy.
The Chosen People, not so much.
Paul spoke just briefly – and, oh, boy,
The Gentiles: they were full of joy!
God smiled upon them, every goy—
Or else Paul did. Once out of touch,
The Gentiles, they were full of joy.
The Chosen People, not so much.

–Tom Riley

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Therapy

Therapy

Shall I repair myself with therapy?
I shall at least pretend that this stuff works
And isn’t simply daft futility.
Shall I repair myself? With therapy?
I’m trying – as my critics ought to see.
Quit with the skeptic posturing, you jerks!
Shall I repair myself with therapy?
I shall at least pretend that this stuff works

–Tom Riley

Grave Consideration

Grave Consideration

Is Papa Cuomo turning in his grave?
More likely he is jacking off in Hell.
He craves what other Cuomo dirtbags crave.
Is Papa Cuomo turning in his grave?
He lived by one dark precept: “Speeches save!”
They didn’t. Death indeed breaks every spell.
Is Papa Cuomo turning in his grave?
More likely he is jacking off in Hell.

–Tom Riley

De Filiis Sancti Marii Pii

De Filiis Sancti Marii Pii

The Cuomo way amounts to molestation.
What sons St. Mario both sired and reared!
His sly abortion stance brought elevation.
The Cuomo way amounts to molestation,
Not theological sophistication.
The virtuous façade has disappeared.
The Cuomo way amounts to molestation.
What sons St. Mario both sired and reared!

–Tom Riley

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