guy fawkes

the darkness splits
into drops of light.
ashes glitter as they tumble
dusty sparkles settling.
a cheer from the crowd,
a celebration of
history made
from the clay of treason.
colourful treachery
immortalised in exclamations
of wonder.
wonder – what if?
had the traitors had their way
would couples stand
holding hands
under fiery fountains
with toffee apples
and careless hearts?

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