Flammeus Gladius

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Tag: Slavs

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

A Different Kind of Valentine

A Different Kind of Valentine

(for Mary)

Saints Cyril and Methodius were better.
No secular confusion now detracts
From what they did. The spirit and the letter
Are still intact, though intervening acts
And history’s interminable facts
Tortured the Christian flock in Slavic lands.
Did priests and bishops make unholy pacts
With Commies – and obey the wrong commands?
Da. Sure. Such failings, though, God understands
Better than we judgmental types admit.
Our wrath grows fierce, the product of our glands.
We try to take God’s view – but lack the wit.
Why am I going on so, anyway?
Happy Hearts-Chocolates-Roses-Romance Day!

Love,
T.R
14 February 2022

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Да и Нет

Да и Нет

“Cyrillic Ouija boards aren’t standard, sir!”

I much prefer to chat with Slavic shades.

The pot of borscht is what I like to stir.

“Cyrillic Ouija boards aren’t standard, sir!”

My Russian now could not be shakier.

I flee to lexicons and other aids.

“Cyrillic Ouija boards aren’t standard, sir!”

I much prefer to chat with Slavic shades.

–Tom Riley

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Cyrillica

Cyrillica 

 

Saints Cyril and Methodius applied
Their learning to the service of the Lord.
Those who claimed Slavs were savage monsters lied.
For languages where weighty books were stored—
And for a culture, not a howling horde—
Our saints devised a gorgeous alphabet.
A literary flood they dared to ford.
We Dostoyevsky fans are glad of it.
Russians like Pushkin better – which is fit:
Such dark Romanticism wrought in rhyme,
If vodka is your fuel, must be a hit.
On this same page I’m dwelling half the time—
And by the Gogol bug too I’ve been bitten.
Saint Cyril and his pal got that stuff written.

 

–Tom Riley

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Notes

Line 3: “Slavs” – to whom Cyril and Methodius played the part of St. Paul.
Line 4: “Weighty books” – of which the Russian novel is perhaps the weightiest.
Line 10: “Dark Romanticism.” Pushkin is darker than most readers seem to appreciate. The joke here, however, is that Pushkin, the greatest Russian writer according to Russian tastes, was black, descended from a product of the ancient East African slave trade.

De Alphabeta Cyrillica

De Alphabeta Cyrillica

 

 

Saints Cyril and Methodius set out

To give the Scriptures and the proper rule

To all the teeming Slavs.  If fear and doubt

Assailed those heroes as they built their School

Of Faith, then neither one was such a fool

As to surrender to the Devil’s fog.

Christ made the Devil go sit on a stool.

Christ even disciplined fierce Chernobog.

And, where unruly boys might hide a frog

Or snake, in desks that didn’t quite exist,

Christ set a fire.  The dark howled like a dog.

The cold could only shake a helpless fist.

Christ set the fire.  The saints declined to fret.

Methodically, Christ filled that alphabet.

 

 

 

–Tom Riley