Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night, Fireworks Night,
or even call it Bonfire Night,
I remember
when it was simply
the fifth of November.
Now it seems for some reason
we have to have Bonfire Season,
with ever louder bangs and crashes,
scaring cats and dogs
and small children.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. journeyintopoetry
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 10:24:36

    Hi Libby,

    Your post is a mirror of how I feel! My animals are petrified at the moment. It starts well before and goes on well after the 5th. Our three year old grandchildren had to be brought straight back home from a neighbour’s bonfire we were invited to. Arent there any child friendly ones made anymore? We used to have a pleasant hour in the garden with our children. In fact most fireworks back then fizzled out before they got going!

    Oh dear, Im sound like Victor Meldrew! 😊 Xx


    • Libby
      Nov 05, 2013 @ 22:28:05

      I quite agree Christine. Our grandson doesn’t like it either. We used to have a good garden display when I was a child, most of the kids in the street came to ours but there weren’t so many noisy fireworks and it all happened on the one night, with maybe one community one at the weekend. Now we get them for several weeks either side of Nov. 5th, at New Year too and for weddings and any other excuse people can think of. That’s two of us that sound like Victor Meldrew!


  2. dragonscaleclippings
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 13:54:58

    oh I know! everything is commercialised now (Christmas / Easter / Jubilees) and even 5th November! and yes, the fireworks do get louder every year don’t they? I wonder if they’re environmentally friendly for all the wild creatures who have to hear them?….!


    • Libby
      Nov 05, 2013 @ 22:23:36

      Yes, that bothers me too Freya, we see how scared domestic pets are and they can come indoors, farm animals and wild creatures have no such excape. I’ve no wish to spoil people’s fun but do they have to be so loud!


  3. The Weekly Day
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 14:43:36

    Guy Fawkes was my subject in history a few days ago. I understand why he was frustrated with Parliament, but I’m not sure trying to blow up their building was the right solution 🙂


    • Libby
      Nov 05, 2013 @ 22:21:56

      Me neither – but then he didn’t succeed and gets burnt on top of a bonfire every year for his trouble! (Actually I don’t think so many burn a ‘Guy’ these days!)


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