Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
On November 5th, 1605, the plans of Guye Fawkes and his fellow conspirators to blow up the British parliament were thwarted. (Although the gunpowder was stored in barrels under parliament, by the looks of the gigantic pylon on his head, a great deal of gunpowder could have been stashed away beneath Fawkes’ hat.) To this day, November 5th is marked by bonfires, fireworks and burning effigies of Guye “Guido” Fawkes. What an odd holiday. I’m not sure what perplexes me more: the holiday itself, or where on earth I learned that poem, and why do I still remember it!?