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'Monstre' Balloon

Rating: 2.9
Oh! the balloon, the great balloon!
It left Vauxhall one Monday at noon,
And every one said we should hear of it soon
With news from Aleppo or Scanderoon.
But very soon after, folks changed their tune:
'The netting had burst -- the silk -- the shalloon;
It had met with a trade-wind -- a deuced monsoon --
It was blown out to sea -- it was blown to the moon --
They ought to have put off their journey till June;
Sure none but a donkey, a goose, or baboon,
Would go up, in November, in any balloon!'
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COMMENTS
Dominic Windram 20 March 2020
Brilliant parodic, rhyming poem courtesy of Richard Harris Barham.
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Julia Luber 20 March 2019
He writes to rhythm as if he's trying to get the 'story' done as fast as possible but there are always more details.
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Edward Kofi Louis 20 March 2019
News from Aleppo! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 20 March 2019
The six-foot life-guardsman, and little gossoon, Will all join in three cheers for the 'monstre' balloon.....amusing ending. Beautiful poem.
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Julia Luber 20 March 2019
His poems are long and hard to read in one sitting. The rhythm is very very good though and in the right setting, at the right time, these seem perfect to lose oneself in.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 20 March 2019
A great story poem embedded with humor and pinpointing human psyche of criticizing the failures.
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paul amrod 20 March 2019
An exercise in rhyming with a lot of jaded humor.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 20 March 2019
I enjoy the remarkable rhyme of this great poem of Richard Harris Barham.........
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