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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!
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Barjinder Singh Randhawa 24 January 2012

the poem can be read through a Marxist perspective...a little mistake by the aristocratic boy led to the demise of many a working class people...what you think? ? ?

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Hans Vr 24 January 2012

Cute poem.

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Pranab K Chakraborty 24 January 2012

Nice wit. Poet at last put a moral just to communicate our idiocy. BALLOON...just a globe could be its match. In Chaplins Great Dictator we have experienced it already. A globe is very much like our loving planet. A child...yes, the bosses, in respect of our planet, are child no doubt. We put the right to administrate our social existence to their hand. So should be conscious before selection...How long is poets length, we don't know but his lucid style of fables introducing in poetry, is unique. Pranab k chakraborty

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Manonton Dalan 24 January 2012

oh! i was thinking that earthquake pushed balloon to candle flame as the house start to crumble... just a thought from once california kid. md

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Thomas Vaughan Jones 24 January 2014

Hilaire Belloc died in the 1950's. He was a Liberal MP for six years but when he lost office he seldom found any significant employment again. He wrote many books and serious papers but the only work which found any popularity and provided him with a slender source of income was fun poetry, supposedly for children, but with great appeal for adults. This is one of his many humorous poems. No political satire intended.

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pooop 02 January 2020

sad for george and the people who had died cause of hm

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Chinedu Dike 28 October 2019

Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insight piece of poetry written with conviction. Thanks for sharing.

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Dr Antony Theodore 27 October 2019

Moral: The moral is that little boys Should not be given dangerous toys. a very good poem. tony

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Kingsley Egbukole 27 October 2019

A beautiful moral story poetically captured. Kingsley Egbukole

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Andrew Blakemore 27 October 2019

A good moral for little boys

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