Hilaire Belloc

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

George - Poem by Hilaire Belloc

Who played with a Dangerous Toy, and suffered a Catastrophe of considerable Dimensions

When George's Grandmamma was told
That George had been as good as gold,
She promised in the afternoon
To buy him an Immense BALLOON.
And so she did; but when it came,
It got into the candle flame,
And being of a dangerous sort
Exploded with a loud report!
The lights went out! The windows broke!
The room was filled with reeking smoke.
And in the darkness shrieks and yells
Were mingled with electric bells,
And falling masonry and groans,
And crunching, as of broken bones,
And dreadful shrieks, when, worst of all,
The house itself began to fall!
It tottered, shuddering to and fro,
Then crashed into the street below-
Which happened to be Savile Row.

When help arrived, among the dead
Were Cousin Mary, Little Fred,
The Footmen (both of them), the Groom,
The man that cleaned the Billiard-Room,
The Chaplain, and the Still-Room Maid.
And I am dreadfully afraid
That Monsieur Champignon, the Chef,
Will now be permanently deaf-
And both his aides are much the same;
While George, who was in part to blame,
Received, you will regret to hear,
A nasty lump behind the ear.

The moral is that little boys
Should not be given dangerous toys.

Comments about George by Hilaire Belloc

  • (10/27/2018 2:36:00 PM)

    Enjoyable read. (Report) Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (10/27/2018 11:46:00 AM)

    a fun read. reminds me of shel silverstein. -gk (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (10/27/2018 5:37:00 AM)

    The fun of Hillare Belloc's poem. His other poems I enjoy are from The Cautionary Tales. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (10/27/2018 1:58:00 AM)

    PART THREE: ...........MEMBER POEM OF THE DAY. HURRAY! ! God's Blessings for her beloved family everywhere in the world, who by chance would read this response below her poem on POEM HUNTER. COM. Myriad of 10's for the Vote. By the way, whose photograph had she been using here as her profile photo? I cannot imagine that Hilaire looked like that. Just like the poets today who put a flower instead of their faces. LOL (Report) Reply

    Petals Azureblue (10/27/2018 4:39:00 AM)

    Hi there Sylvia I always enjoy reading your comments cos they go into the core of a poem. After reading this one I had to check out the name. As it happens Hilaire is a French masculine name! ! I was like huh? ? when I saw that on Google. Well today we learned something new dear poetess. Take care...

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (10/27/2018 1:55:00 AM)

    PART TWO: because of the setting in the poem, brilliantly done. I cannot imagine that she died in 1953, just 11 days before she would be celebrating her 83rd Birthday, I THOUGHT (after having read her brilliant poem) that she is still ALIVE. Wishing her family my sincere CONGRATULATIONS for being chosen as CLASSIC POEM OF (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (10/27/2018 1:51:00 AM)

    FIRST PART: WOW! This is a poem to my heart, a MORAL.....! ! In fact a saddest occurrence, but since the tone in this poem is funny, the poem becomes hilarious and while reading the poem, enjoyment is greatest because of all the odd situations at that moment, while the poet has created this poem in a royal rhyming tone, with tints of irony/ sarcasm. I have truly enjoyed and this poem is still up-to-date, not obsolete yet, (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/27/2018 1:41:00 AM)

    Such a well crafted poem by Hilaire Belloc...................... (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (10/27/2018 1:19:00 AM)

    What a lesson for parents buying toys for their little angels! ! Thanks for posting. Enjoyed very much the clarity and the racy flow which is in line with the presiding emergency in this scenario. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (10/27/2018 12:27:00 AM)

    Just like Laurel and Hardy comedy this humorous verse reminds of reading the wonderful poem by my favourite author Hilaire Bellloc! (Report) Reply

  • Alexander Julian (10/28/2017 12:19:00 AM)

    This poem has conversational flow with rhyming that begins, ends, and repeats quickly. (Report) Reply

  • (10/27/2017 8:50:00 PM)

    there are flying cows in Chagall
    and one called Poppins is even holding an umbrella
    (Report) Reply

  • Practicing Poetess (10/27/2017 7:43:00 PM)

    An amusing read!
    And how refreshing to know there's someone who has an even bigger imagination than I do!
    Difficult to believe a balloon (even an immense one) could cause that much damage, but anything's possible in poetry! :)
    (Report) Reply

  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (10/27/2017 5:00:00 PM)

    Such a poetic skill. A minute joy of giving a dangerous toy to a little boy brought a tremendous tragedy. Very well presented. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/27/2017 2:03:00 PM)

    A kids' poem well written Nicely penned. (Report) Reply

  • Rosie Bourget (10/27/2017 8:41:00 AM)

    What an inspiration! As we are approaching the Holliday Season, this poem comes at the right time. Great job Hilaire Belloc! (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/27/2017 6:10:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem with great morality. Captivating one. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/27/2017 2:10:00 AM)

    Such a fine poem with a moral advice.......🤓👍 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/27/2017 12:39:00 AM)

    Among the dead! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2016 4:13:00 PM)

    (George by Hilaire Belloc.) **Poem with a great moral. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/27/2016 6:48:00 PM)

    Sin is a danger zone that can spark the flames of hell......
    Always be on guard against evil deeds......
    Congrats for being selected...... Good job....
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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