Bonfire Night Beneath the Stars

Bonfire Night Beneath the Stars – Taken from my first collection, The Northern Line, and inspired by a former guide from the excellent Unseen Tours called Liz. I hope she is well wherever she is, and whatever she is up to.

Penny for the guy,
and the girl,
in the sleeping bag
on the doorstep
of a shop that made
£67.4 million profit,
after avoiding tax,
in the financial year
2012-13,
ensuring the closure
of libraries, hostels, and A&E units,
in the financial year
2013-14.

Hold the shivering to account,
as fireworks illuminate
their faces distressed,
torn, worn with memories of misfortune.
Self-made in your eyes.
Approach your temple,
walk on proud,
and make sure
you don’t remember their face,
as you step over them,
to offer praise
and thanks for your blessings.
Forget that times have fallen
harder on them,
than the discomfort you feel,
walking past to preach and pray
and hear from God’s messenger
peace and justice for all.

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