Fireworks night in the UK
|There's a blackness in the sky,
With sequins peeping through.
There's an icyness in the air,
With excitement peeping through.
There's timber in a pile,
With cardboard peeping through.
Remember, remember the fifth of November.
There's a gathering on the common,
With children peeping through.
There's a fun fair on the field,
With music blaring through.
There's a shrieking on the rides
With terror peeping through.
Remember, remember Guy Fawkes.
The lights go out.
The music stops.
The people wait
Look up! Look up!
A sigh, a whizz, a trail of embers.
Gunpowder, fire and smoke.
A glowing flower spreads red petals.
Green balls spin skywards.
Fizzers make silver stars
Shriekers trail orange embers
Rockets launch aerial bombs
A fantasy of searing light
A dance of burning colour
A swirling of after burn.
Light the bonfire.
Burn the effigy.
Gunpowder treason shall never be forgot.
In Britain, 5 November is Guy Fawkes night, to remember how a Catholic conspiracy tried to blow up the Protestant Houses of Parliament in 1605. Guy Fawkes was caught, along with others, and it became a law to celebrate the traitors by lighting bonfires, burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes and letting off fireworks. The law was repealed in 1859 but the tradition continues, nowadays without the burning of the Guy Fawkes effigy.
There is a nursery rhyme:
Remember, remember, the Fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot