.the guy’s hat.

we saved our money and earned a bit

with paper recycling carted down the yard

same cart we took the guy down the road

penny for the guy mister sir?

to buy our fireworks

a penny squib cost you know


jumping jacks got banned

rockets in bottles, dead ends collected after

sparklers at arms length

light the blue touch paper and retire


the word of the time

nail the catherine wheel and hope for the best

such grim anniversaries

sparklers remain for cakes at birthdays


celebrations are limited now by health

and safety rules

and group bookings require firemen




my brother’s panic racing up the flaming fire

to rescue his lumberjack hat

he survived