Poem -

Brother

Remember! Remember! The fifth of November!

Brother

Blackest night
Apart from big bonfire
Burning bright
In Bradshaw farmer’s field
Where lane bends and climbing crawls
Up the hill
To Ye Olde Raggalds Inn
Queensbury

Little light
From newly nascent crescent moon
As big Guy Fawkes Night crowd,
Cars parked both sides of lane,
Gathers

Catherine Wheels
Rockets
Sparklers
Roman candles
Firing flashing flaring
Smoke heat light
Into starless autumn sky
While on rain-sodden muddy
Smudgy fudge-brown downtrodden terrain
Bangers bang boom and blast
Crackers crack-a-tack-a-tack
Terrifying tiny toddlers stood
Nearby

But

Through 

Bangs booms and blasts
And crack-a-tack-a-tacks
Sounds of car crashing
Into black-as-death
High dry-stone wall

Not once

But twice

Windows smashing
Splintering shattering
Metal clashing
Crumpling clattering
Young head broken
By the battering
Life-blood splashing
Spraying splattering

Fifteen years old,
Within the hour,
His body cold,
Doctors pronounce him dead

Remember, remember
The fifth of November!

 PS: In memory of a younger brother,
       who died 5th November 1976
 

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