Treasure Island

Hilaire Belloc

(27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953 / La Celle-Saint-Cloud)

A Moral Alphabet (excerpt)


D: The Dreadful Dinotherium he
Will have to do his best for D.
The early world observed with awe
His back, indented like a saw.
His look was gay, his voice was strong;
His tail was neither short nor long;
His trunk, or elongated nose,
Was not so large as some suppose;
His teeth, as all the world allows,
Were graminivorous, like a cow's.
He therefore should have wished to pass
Long peaceful nights upon the Grass,
But being mad the brute preferred
To roost in branches, like a bird.1
A creature heavier than a whale,
You see at once, could hardly fail
To suffer badly when he slid
And tumbled (as he always did).
His fossil, therefore, comes to light
All broken up: and serve him right.


MORAL
If you were born to walk the ground,
Remain there; do not fool around.


E stands for Egg.

Submitted: Saturday, April 03, 2010

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  • Elena Sandu (1/24/2011 9:15:00 PM)

    Oh dear poet wich star is yours? Please let it shine upon me, I also love this letter D, because it looks so kind and free! It does not struggle with blunt-sharp angle, with D more lovely words let's see: A Drum sound in jungle calls for the young to Dance for a Darling must see, a ring made of Daisies makes Dahlia crazy inlove with her Dashing D.
    Hundreds of tens with a flower and a lighten candle, thank you. (Report) Reply

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