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Penny for the Guy

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Penny for the Guy

As children, we admired our Guy:
An effigy of Guido Fawkes*
(A scarecrow destined for the flames).
‘A penny for the Guy,’ we pleaded.

An effigy of Guido Fawkes,
The Guy was burnt on top the fire.
‘A penny for the Guy,’ we pleaded,
As kindly people dropped some change.

The Guy was burnt on top the fire,
With fireworks the pennies bought
(As kindly people dropped some change -
A small sacrifice for Bonfire Night).

With fireworks the pennies bought,
A scarecrow’s destined for the flames:
A small sacrifice for Bonfire Night. 
As children, we admired our Guy…


*a 17th century man executed for his part in the Gun-Powder Plot. Despite the grim origins, Bonfire Night is now just a fun event for kids on November 5th.

For Rhonda’s and Cyndi’s Penny Pantoum contest

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  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:29:00 AM
    A belated congratulations on your win in Rhonda and Cyndi's "Penny Pantoums" contest Jack. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 11:22:00 PM
    Congrats on your win with this wonderful Pantoum!

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 4:41:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 11:59:00 AM
    An informative pantoum here Jack.Congrats on your win in the contest.

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 9:43:00 AM
    wOW!This is fascinating! Thank you so much for sharing. MY HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN MY FRIEND!!! hugs:) Leonora

  1. Date: 9/25/2012 1:28:00 AM
    Congratulations Jack, well done and a well deserved win and that night is coming round to quick as well xx

  1. Date: 9/24/2012 11:35:00 PM
    I like your poem Jack. You and I thought alike. A children's game. To me the subject and the form just sounded like the games we played as children. Congratulations on a top ten win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/12/2012 8:37:00 AM
    great subject - an entertaining and informative write :) good luck in the contest!

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 9:40:00 PM
    yes, do start picking up those pennies, or whatever you call them in England!! you call them the same over there?

  1. Date: 8/12/2012 12:24:00 AM
    I think this is great, JAck. it's a good one for its historical significance. I still have not thought up what to do for this one!!

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 9:22:00 PM
    You have done brilliantly with this contest Jack! You really did well, it's not that bad of a form once you get the hang of it! You've executed this form to a 'T' my friend! I truly love this incredible poem! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 7:05:00 PM
    I love this.... i have to check out this contest... ps..i reserved your title already...pd

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 3:09:00 PM
    Excellent piece my friend. Your boundaries are limitless in poetry. Very enjoyed. Michael

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 2:43:00 PM
    This brings back fond memories...No, not the actual plot and treason :-) Best of luck in the competition. Suzette

  1. Date: 8/11/2012 1:36:00 PM
    Very neat... the Pantoum format is intriguing... at least the way you've done it... It seems (to me) to be difficult... anyway nice work & good luck in the contest... Terry