Flammeus Gladius

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Tag: Zen

Why This Ain’t No Haiku

Why This Ain’t No Haiku

If I could
see like Basho, I wouldn’t
be writing this.

–Tom Riley

What the Frog Said when I Told Him to Sit Still

What the Frog Said when I Told Him to Sit Still

“The Zen perception
you reach for is never
a Zen perception.”

–Tom Riley

Not Quite a Haiku on Brevity

Not Quite a Haiku on Brevity

Cried the bullfrog: “Short
forms are all my Zen poets
ever have time for!”

–Tom Riley

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Jealous as a Bastard

Jealous as a Bastard

 

(for Stollers)

 

Timothy Stoll’s got new stuff, citizen.
Like all the rest of us, you must admit
You’re jealous as a bastard once again.

You can’t resist this forceful mandate when
Your fate is in his fortune duly writ:
Timothy Stoll’s got new stuff, citizen.

Through Shaolin meditation (much like Zen),
He draws great stuff to where he deigns to sit.
You’re jealous as a bastard once again,

Aren’t you? Sure: breathing deeply, count to ten:
You’ll still be netted in a jealous fit.
Timothy Stoll’s got new stuff! Citizen:

Lower than Stoll is where you’ve always been
Upon the totem pole. And now, you twit,
You’re jealous as a bastard once again!

Grinning with pride, he makes you shout amen
To his whole list of first-rate, bad-ass shit.
Timothy Stoll’s got new stuff, citizen!
You’re jealous as a bastard once again.

 

–Tom Riley

 

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Why This Is a Senryu and Not a Haiku

Why This Is a Senryu and Not a Haiku

 

I brought crickets to
the pond. Stubborn bullfrogs still
refused to inspire.

 

—Tom Riley

Irish Haiku

The Irish Haiku

 

 

The haiku of the Irish is this
Dirty form, filled with vomit and piss
And eschewing what’s Zen.
Are you sneering again?
I present you a frog’s ass to kiss.

 

 

–Tom Riley

 

Factual

Factual

 

 

(for Michael Sciambra)

 

 

There ain’t no facts like Michael Sciambra facts.

Chuck Norris is a stud but can’t compete.

And, as for all the sadder, lesser acts,

Down in the dust they face a dire defeat.

The Michael Sciambra victory is neat—

And, thanks to Zen, seems almost effortless.

It isn’t you I really meant to beat,

Michael appears to say.  But, nonetheless,

They’re beaten: this they can’t help but confess.

The evidence is just too plain and clear.

Michael’s a guy both kind and friendly, yes—

But what he radiates inspires grave fear.

The toughest fight Chuck Norris ever had—

But Michael pats him on the head: “Not bad.”

 

 

 

Happy Birthday!

 

TR

 

19 August 2013