Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. This British nursery rhyme reminds us of the plot by Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
History books tell us the reason he wanted to take on this heinous act (was it really such a bad idea?) was because of the repression of Catholics following the reign of Henry VIII. His plot was uncovered, and he was arrested and executed.
However, it is worth remembering that history tends to be written by the victors and is rarely the unvarnished truth and there is a theory that some members of Parliament were aware of the plot but allowed it to go ahead to ferment anti-Catholic feelings. So, in this spirit of anarchism, I’d like to share a clip from the film V for Vendetta with you. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth watching because it seems pretty prescient in terms of the times we live in.
The music is Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture.
And in the tradition of great revolutions, this week’s writing prompt encourages you to think BIG, I mean REALLY BIG as you identify what social, global or political issue you would tackle if you were ruler of the world, and how might YOU go about it?
If you’re happy to be seen as a latent anarchist feel free to leave your contribution below as a paragraph, story, poem, stanza or even title. If you want to share but don’t want anyone to know who you are use a pseudonym, the only person who sees your email address is me, or you could even use a fake one if you’re really concerned and going all out for a global revolution.
Finally, here’s my effort as I’m definitely not a poet .. please be kind 🙂
If I ruled the world!
No Amazon, no Uber eats, no profiteering businesses.
No SUV’s or private jets, no TV ads or stealthy bets.
No wealth transfer, no global poor, no war, no want, no wasted lives.
No politics, no oligarchs, no domineering technocrats.
And the whole nursery rhyme is below:
Remember, remember, the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent
To blow up the King and the Parliament
Three score barrels of powder below
Poor old England to overthrow
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys
God save the King!