Flammeus Gladius

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Raven Visits

Raven Visits

You don’t make
small talk with an emissary
of the void.

–Tom Riley

Other Raven

The Other Raven

I know your sense of time is different, lord.
Your one eye takes the long and thorough view.
You sent a raven from your wisdom hoard
To Poe, who deftly grasped the dismal cue.
Still, as is known through nine worlds, you have two.
Another must have soared then through the air.
The centuries since then are naught to you.
So, Grimnir, is your messenger still there?
Then send him winging urgently to where
I wait, my mortal blood now growing cooler!
I’d like to hear of how to beat despair
From you, supremely doomed, the hopeless ruler.
Then again, wolfish sir, I don’t insist.
Too many lost Lenores are on my list.

–Tom Riley

Observation of an Edible Organism

Observation of an Edible Organism

When Odin sends
his ravens, I know I’ll
soon be meat.

–Tom Riley

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Goodbye to Ghouls and Goblins

Goodbye to Ghouls and Goblins

“By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore—
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore….”

To say that I’m no longer in the mood
For Halloween would be, of course, a lie.
Darkness comes every night. My attitude
Adjusts. Folks, I don’t even have to try.
October passes, though. The ravens fly
Off to poor Poe’s December. Comprehend:
Such guys as I at last must say goodbye.
Halloween comes, like all things, to an end.
It tears my heart in half – but hearts do mend.
Thanksgiving is a prospect I abhor—
But I’ll give thanks, declining to offend
The God that birds and Poe and I adore.
Everything to its right and proper sphere.
(I can’t wait till October 1st next year!)

–Tom Riley

Sharing the Moment

Sharing the Moment

I turned to
the midnight raven, but he
recoiled in horror.

–Tom Riley

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Silent Wisdom

Silent Wisdom

You must salute
the ravens of Odin without
expecting any response.

–Tom Riley

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Prophetic Bird

Prophetic Bird

Is a prophetic bird now overhead?
The raven counts. The heron? Not so sure.
In flight the thing’s majestic. Must be said.
But, when it lands, is dignity secure?
To me, the stilt-like posture seems impure
Somehow, an evolutionary trick.
Aesthetically, that stance I can’t endure.
Am I insightful here? Or just a prick?
The air is cool, my self-instruction thick
Enough to foster soul’s self-suffocation.
This sighting, I’m aware, is passing quick—
And I’ll regret the moment’s swift cessation.
Of something else I’m also quite aware:
What I may think, prophetic birds don’t care.

–Tom Riley

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Poe’s Bird

Poe’s Bird

 

Had it been
a crow, there’d have been
countless screeching others.

 

–Tom Riley

 

Crows May Learn Lessons From Death - The New York Times

Silence of the Ravens

The Silence of the Ravens

 

Once again, this
rudderless morning, Odin’s dark messengers
declined to speak.

 

–Tom Riley

 

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Dark Tales

Dark Tales

 

Hey, raven! That
crow is telling dark tales
behind your back!

 

–Tom Riley