Sonnet 6 | Something burning (not the gammon)

I remember, in December 1996,
Christmas lights were killer that year!
They overloaded the circuit,
Blew the fuse with high-wattage cheer.
They don’t make ’em like that anymore.
Nowadays it’s those cool, efficient ones that don’t emit heat.
Perfect holiday fire insurance.

Seriously, hazardous things (as pretty as they were),
Lights shivering as if it were winter
Short-circuiting oven before we got the lamb in,
Something burning (not the gammon).
Why – I ask annually –
did we make the entire household trip,
for the sake of something pretty?

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Sonnet 4 | the eternity of jellyfish

  1. The ripeness of bacon.
  2. The bloom of drought.
  3. The leisure of an ocean sunfish.
  4. The whimsy of the stock market.
  5. The glamour of swimming pools.
  6. The stelliform of star anise.
  7. The itch of envy.
  8. The touch of distraction.
  9. The squeak of halloumi cheese.
  10. The pageantry of perfume advertisements.
  11. The color of Black Friday.
  12. The dappledness of cellulite.
  13. The eternity of jellyfish.
  14. The virulence of the holidaying public.

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