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Wisest

Wisest

You yet remain the wisest of the Greeks,
Odysseus – and wiser far than those
Implausible and un-Hellenic freaks
From whom the piss of condemnation flows
In your sublime direction. Hold your nose
Against the acrid odor – but refrain
From feeling that the stars of these slack shows
Affect your glory. All that noise is vain.
Lord: Fr. Wetta never had a brain,
And what in Hades is the Scholar Shea?
How can the farts of such base pigs pertain?
How can it matter, what they have to say?
Century after fleeting century,
You are the model of sagacity.

–Tom Riley

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Easily Digestible

Easily Digestible

For your soul’s
sake, take your transcendent wisdom
in small doses.

–Tom Riley

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Arachnophobia Grammaton

Arachnophobia Grammaton

 
Many fine writers have a dread of spiders.
Tolkien here comes to mind – plus M.R. James.
The Stoic viewpoint rarely makes fine writers—
For all the inner motions that it tames
Are helps to human literary aims:
They color simple tales and make them full.
Arachnophobes aren’t simply playing games:
When they dish out emotion, it ain’t bull.
Alas, no fear of spiders fills my skull!
I actually admire those little guys
And gals. My attitude has made me dull
And probably has failed to make me wise.
In this, I’m pretty sure, I’m not unique.
Halloween’s coming, though. I’ll give a shriek.

 
–Tom Riley

 

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She-Raven

She-Raven

 

Down for fresh roadkill frequently she swoops.

I’m pretty sure she’s raising ravenettes.

While humans jump through non-existent hoops,

Down for fresh roadkill frequently she swoops.

She is not one of complication’s dupes.

Her simple wisdom’s free of vain regrets.

Down for fresh roadkill frequently she swoops.

I’m pretty sure she’s raising ravenettes.

 

–Tom Riley

 

 

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Wise Remarks

Wise Remarks

 

I’m eager, lads, to hear my wisdom praised.
Why won’t you idiots cooperate?
My aphorisms glow, adroitly phrased.
I’m eager, lads, to hear my wisdom praised.
But by my brilliance you appear unfazed.
Why can’t you rally and appreciate?
I’m eager, lads, to hear my wisdom praised.
Why won’t you idiots cooperate?

 

—Tom Riley

Wide Reading

Wide Reading

 

 

It was not just the Stoics he read—
But the poets of lust and of dread
Down through every dire age.
Stony-faced spake the Sage:
“Buddy, get that stuff out of your head!”

 

 

–Tom Riley

Many Books

Many Books

 

“Of making many books there is no end.”

 
Books indeed we shall make without end–
and pretend every page is our friend,
though it’s loaded with lies.
If you’re already wise,
it’s a practice you just can’t defend.

 

 

–Tom Riley

Hrothgar

Hrothgar

(for Brendan Palla, Ph.D.)

The hero — was he really just 18? —
came from the slaughter of that nether-bitch
and told his tale. Oh, how he set the scene
with cunning words and kennings doubly rich!
You and your court then fiercely felt the itch
to know the course of underworld events–
and he delivered: giant-sword, wolf-witch,
danger and courage, strength’s absurd expense!
But what you had to say, no youthful sense
could comprehend. Beyond your many years,
your wisdom wandered, vast and yet intense.
You knew the pain of more than just nine spheres.
We wrote your speech down, put it on the shelf.
Beowulf had to learn age for himself.

Congratulations!

T.R.

5 December 2014

Mr. Wisdom

Mr. Wisdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Mr. Wisdom set to lecture me?

I’ll have him know I am not listening.

Is my enrollment, people, bound to be?

Is Mr. Wisdom set to lecture me?

Am I the target of sagacity?

Is my discipleship a certain thing?

Is Mr. Wisdom set to lecture me?

I’ll have him know I am not listening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley

Loyalist

The Loyalist

 

 

 

 

 

He betrayed all his friends.  The demands

Of the age, which the sage understands,

     Made such deeds necessary.

     But of judgment be wary:

He was loyal to all of his brands!

 

 

 

 

 

–Tom Riley