Monday, 5 November 2012


November 5th in the UK is Guy Fawkes night

We celebrate by building bonfires and setting off fireworks on the night and the weekend before and sometimes the weekend after.  There are organised events and family parties, people wrap up warm and stand outside on a chilly November evening oohing and aahing at the sights. 

All our animals and pets are scared witless but we will enjoy the night nevertheless.

She stood with her elbows leaning on the window sill
Wishing she could go outside but she felt so ill
Resting her forehead on the cool window pane
When they came in they would all complain
That they couldn’t feel their fingers and toes
They’d grab the tissues and give their noses a good blow
In the meanwhile she watched the sparks from the bonfire
Dance and flicker, orange flames spurting up in spires
She saw her brother and cousins arching their sparklers
Writing words in the air like famous conjurers
Heads in bobble hats leaning back as the noise of the rockets
Whooshed past high in to the sky and burst into little pockets
Of brilliant hues and showered down in glittery streams
Delighting the observers as they squealed and screamed
She looked forward to hot dogs and bowls of tomato soup
When the party rushed in from the cold in a headlong group
Wellies and boots and hats and scarves and coats and gloves
Discarded with abandon along with good natured pushing and shoves
Next year she wouldn’t be alone indoors and down in the dumps
‘Cos her mum said you can’t catch them twice these horrible, painful mumps



  1. Hope the skies are bright and shiny for you Sally!

  2. I hope she has a better time next year. This is really lovely and well written.
    I am following you now and would love for you to follow back.

  3. Ooh, nasty - but better to have in childhood than later on:-)

  4. Oh the poor thing!!! Bless her heart! One thing about chickenpox, measles and mumps, they have uncanny timing! They always occur at the worst times! I loved this Sally! I want you to know that I tagged you on my latest post. Hope you'll participate but if not, I understand! You'll always be a ziggy zig zag writer to me!! Take care Sally and bless you!!