Please Stand Well Back …

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Outside my window fireworks are exploding to mark the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot over 400 years ago, when the English parliament was saved from fiery destruction. I don’t suppose many people are celebrating that far-off event, though, and I’ll bet there aren’t many bonfires topped with effigies of the plotter Guy Fawkes. He may even be a popular hero now, for all I know, admired by those who could imagine themselves lighting the blue touch-paper to barrels of high-explosive under the modern parliament.

There is an irony that some who wanted to increase the sovereignty of our own parliament by voting to leave the EU are now furious that three high-court judges – ‘enemies of the people’ according to several pro-Brexit newspapers – have ruled that the procedure of leaving should be determined by parliament and not an unelected executive acting under the ancient and archaic crown prerogative. Divisions run deep and the fissure may widen further. Watch this space …

There’s a vacuum here as if everyone has just taken a sharp intake of air. Across the Atlantic, too, people are holding their breath before the Presidential race enters its final lap and breaks into a hell-for-leather gallop. Didn’t I once see Vladimir Putin on a horse? Wonder who he’s backing …

Hey-ho! Amidst all the hot air, I notice that the WordPress Daily Prompt is Hyperbole. I never look a gift horse in the mouth, so here is my weary contribution to the moment.

H ere
Y ou are, the luckiest
P erson who
E ver lived,
R eading the
B est poem
O n the internet.
L et that astonishing thought sink in. What could possibly go wrong?
E r …

Ha, must be able to do better than that! Suspect I’m all out of hyperbole. Wonder why

H ow can you mend
Y our wounded
P ride if not by
E recting
R ickety-rackety towers of words and
B uilding walls
O f opaque
L anguage to
E levate your amour propre?

Hmm … ah well, never mind, I do find the constraints of an acrostic oddly comforting at this peculiar time when I can’t actually think of anything constructive to say yet have a strong urge to say something. If it turns out to be useless, I can always blame the limitations of the form. And maybe it’ll be third time lucky …

H old
Y our four horses
P lease, apocalyptical
E questrians, or you’ll
R ide us down
B efore we have a chance
O f proving that
L ove really was the
E lixir of Life.

All will be well as long as we take sensible precautions against those pesky worst-case scenarios …

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The Mortimer Arms

25 thoughts on “Please Stand Well Back …

  1. The clock is ticking, Dave, and the bell is tolling… but for whom and what is the question. I have a feeling that the people who seek simple solutions to complex problems in England are the same as the people looking for simple solutions in America, and are willing to follow whomever will offer those solutions, regardless of the dark and dangerous road they might lead us down. –Curt

    1. Wise words, Curt, which cut to the heart of the problem. My instinct is that Clinton will prevail but I was wrong about Brexit … either way, lessons will have to be learned about the depth of public disaffection. Times like this I wish I could pray …

  2. I fear the 4 horsemen have been let out of Pandora’s box. Is that a mixed wotsit?
    I didn’t realise there was a visual depiction of the EU referendum!

  3. the new york times mobile edition today features a video of a guy fawkes parade, complete with a donald trump effigy burning. glad to see there is some sanity on your side of the atlantic. some of us are trying to hold onto our sanity on this side.

    1. I can’t imagine. I suppose this might be a good time to teach children some basic principles of human behaviour and coexistence so that they can judge his tenure for themselves. ‘Do as you would be done by’ seems a good place to start …

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