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Philippians 2: 5-11

Philippians 2: 5-11

That hymn to Jesus set the world on fire–
but nowadays it only keeps us warm.
As clear as any convert could require,
that hymn to Jesus set the world on fire
through startled Paul, who’d altered half his ire.
We’ve lost the substance, but we’ve kept the form.
that hymn to Jesus? Set the world on fire!
But nowadays it only keeps us warm.

–Tom Riley

Toad from the Ruins

A Toad from the Ruins

What? Is that toad Chris Christie still around?
I thought that COVID targeted the fat.
I just glanced at the headlines — and I found.
What? Is that toad Chris Christie still around?
With foolishness and deep dishonor crowned,
he should be gone with 2020’s scat.
What? Is that toad Chris Christie still around?
I thought that COVID targeted the fat.

–Tom Riley

Impending Obama Inc. Announcement

Impending Obama Inc. Announcement

When will Obama Inc. admit at last
that beauteous Michelle still has a dick?
Barack and company: forget the past!
When will Obama Inc. admit at last
that even Reggie Love is way outclassed
in phallic terms by our first former chick?
When will Obama Inc. admit at last
that beauteous Michelle still has a dick?

–Tom Riley

Give Me That Old Time Religion

Give Me That Old Time Religion

Is old religion good religion? Sure.
But there are older cults, dear sir, than yours.
Is any fixed faith actually secure?
Is old religion good religion? Sure,
it is. At least its practices endure.
But does it know the lightning that restores?
Is old religion good religion? Sure–
but there are older cults, dear sir, than yours.

–Tom Riley

Iron Fist

Iron Fist

Zelensky says he’ll strike with Iron Fist!
From Marvel Comics now he steals his stuff.
As Churchill clone and master strategist,
Zelensky says he’ll strike with Iron Fist.
Limper, though, than a dead fish is his wrist.
Is he in truth, O Hohols, man enough?
Zelensky says he’ll strike with Iron Fist!
From Marvel Comics now he steals his stuff.

–Tom Riley

Treatable Condition

Treatable Condition

The angst I’m treating now with alcohol
will pass when I am sober in the grave:
I won’t be feeling anything at all.
The angst I’m treating now with alcohol
will cease to irritate me and appall.
My mortal nature will have made the save.
The angst I’m treating now with alcohol
will pass — when I am sober in the grave.

–Tom Riley

Lovestruck Coder’s Triolet

The Lovestruck Coder’s Triolet

If both of us were apps on some device,
I hope I’d be compatible with you!
I hope that nerds would nod and utter: “Nice!”
If both of us were apps on some device,
I hope that we’d be working in a thrice
productively — and elegantly, too.
If both of us were apps on some device,
I hope I’d be compatible with you.

–Tom Riley

Dutiful Dreamer

Dutiful Dreamer

Did I intend to dream of you last night?
I never court my nightmares. They just come.
Was I resolved when I turned off the light?
Did I intend to dream of you last night?
When my eyes closed, did I keep you in sight?
Please be assured: I wasn’t quite that dumb.
Did I intend to dream of you last night?
I never court my nightmares. They just come.

–Tom Riley

Plenty of Proxies

Plenty of Proxies

We’ll soon replace the Hohols with the Finns.
Our war on Mother Russia must not end!
One chapter closes, so the next begins:
we’ll soon replace the Hohols with the Finns.
We’ll make those Russkies suffer for our sins!
Our right to threaten them we will defend!
We’ll soon replace the Hohols with the Finns:
our war on Mother Russia must not end.

–Tom Riley

Why We Are Morally Superior to Russia

Why We Are Morally Superior to Russia

Boys have their dicks cut off, and girls their tits.
Civilization reaches brand new highs.
Hey, bigots: why not exercise your wits?
Boys have their dicks cut off, and girls their tits,
for noble reasons. Only right-wing shits
object to guys as gals, to gals as guys.
Boys have their dicks cut off, and girls their tits:
Civilization reaches brand new highs!

–Tom Riley