FIREWORK SHOW
Poetry by Jenny Moxham

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FIREWORK SHOW
Poetry by Jenny Moxham

In panic he leapt through
The window that night,
Half blinded with terror
And frantic with fright.

Paws bloodied and torn
Just one thought in his head,
To escape from the noise
That had filled him with dread.

The fire-filled sky
He could not comprehend,
And so wildly and blindly
He raced round the bend.

And then came the headlights;
A sickening thud,
And he lay on the road
In a pool of red blood.

There he died on the night
That the sky split asunder,
When the heavens exploded
In fire and thunder.

How could he imagine
How could a dog know,
That what scared him to death
Was a firework show.

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Each year when communities celebrate with fireworks hundreds of animals flee from their homes in terror. Some are hit by cars and killed or injured. Some sustain deep-rooted debilitating fears from the ordeal or are maimed from smashing through fences or glass. Many end up in animal refuges where they are euthanized if not claimed or re-homed.

FIREWORKS MAY BE BEAUTIFUL TO US, BUT THEY TRAUMATIZE ANIMALS. NO CRUELTY IS JUSTIFIABLE

March 2004