Janice Walkden

Gunpowder Plot - Poem by Janice Walkden

On November the 5th
In every year
we celebrate this date
with joy and cheer
Something which
perhaps we should not?
The historic event
of Gunpowder plot

For long before I was alive
in the year of our Lord
sixteen hundred and five
Robert Catesby planned
to do his worst
trying to assassinate
King James the first

Now who had experience in explosive matters?
Who could leave the monarchy in tatters?

A man named Fawkes - his first name Guy
Would be the one to blow parliament sky high
Eighteen hundred pounds
Would have been enough weight
to bannish the King, and create
enough fear and enough hate

This was the plotters way to reason
a way of revenge by murder and treason?

But the plan went wrong
Fawkes was not a lucky fella
as he was arrested at the time
of a raid on the cellar
for the next few days
to his life he would cling
as torture he suffered
by will of the King.

Fawkes was to hang
for a crime of such hate
and going through torture
brought about quicker this fate.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 4, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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