Flammeus Gladius

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Lovely Halloween

Lovely Halloween

 

 

I’m sure you’ll have a lovely Halloween.

You have a face, miss, like a zombie’s ass.

You have a figure like a reptile queen.

I’m sure you’ll have a lovely Halloween.

Even behind a stone wall, you’re obscene.

You smile at lonely fiends, but they all pass.

I’m sure you’ll have a lovely Halloween.

You have a face, miss, like a zombie’s ass.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Buffoonery

Buffoonery

 

 

This Trump buffoonery will not impress
the multitudes — as Biden’s version will.
It’s  time for GOP types to confess
this Trump buffoonery will not impress
anyone but the base. A sorry mess
the party’s in: his polls are rising! Still,
this Trump buffoonery will not impress
the multitudes as Biden’s version will.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Ease

Ease

 

 

They told him, “Take it easy,” so he did.
How hard the ease advised turned out to be!
Of conflict in his heart he would be rid.
They told him, “Take it easy!” So he did.
His fiery being atrophied, poor kid!
He was a casualty of luxury.
They told him, “Take it easy,” so he did.
How hard the ease advised turned out to be!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Negativity

Negativity

 

 

Negative stuff I need to say
Makes me get up and talk to you.
Today will be a lousy day.
Negative stuff I need to say
Tends in its weighty way to weigh
On my internal silence too.
Negative stuff I need to say
Makes me get up and talk to you.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Sickness

Sickness

 

 

You’re sick of all the little sicknesses?
Then call upon your head a grand disease!
I heard you flunked your daily Stoic quiz.
You’re sick of all the little sicknesses?
You think you’ll learn what hale and hearty is?
You’ll find disorder very hard to please.
You’re sick of all the little sicknesses?
Then call upon your head a grand disease!

 

 

–Tom Riley

Vital Center

Vital Center

 

 

 

You’ve reached the vital center of your day.
It’s time for us, of course, to interrupt.
The freshness of the morning floats away.
You’ve reached the vital center of your day.
You try to say what you have longed to say.
Our response is insistent and abrupt.
You’ve reached the vital center of your day.
It’s time for us, of course, to interrupt.

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Assembled Frauds

Assembled Frauds

 

 

 

 

Assembled frauds defeat the truth.
You’re not allowed to call their bluff.
Claiming to serve our troubled youth,
Assembled frauds defeat the truth.
Your croaks of protest prove uncouth.
Your truth is far from true enough.
Assembled frauds defeat the truth.
You’re not allowed to call their bluff.

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

S List

The S List

 

 

 

 

I made a list of all my sins.
As they passed by, they shook my hand
And greeted me with friendly grins.
I made a list of all my sins—
For self-perfection there begins,
Doesn’t it? On my own demand,
I made a list of all my sins:
As they passed by, they shook my hand.

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Morning Show

The Morning Show

 

 

 

“I didn’t need to hear the morning show.”
“Perhaps not – but they needed you to hear.”
“To the dawn I intoned a heartfelt no.
I didn’t need to hear the morning show.
Where D.J.’s go, I didn’t need to go.”
“Your sentiment, though vile, seems quite sincere.”
“I didn’t need to hear the morning show!”
“Perhaps not – but they need you to hear.”

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

What Comes Out

What Comes Out

 

 

 

They run their mouths unceasingly—
But what comes out is all the same.
As you can hear and also see,
They run their mouths unceasingly.
Though they pretend to disagree,
Dispute to them is just a game.
They run their mouths unceasingly—
And what comes out is all the same.

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley