Gelett Burgess
Boston, Massachusetts
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The Purple Cow

Rating: 3.4
I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!
Sunday, May 13, 2001
Topic(s) of this poem: animal
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Lol clan 21 February 2019
what genre? ? ? ? ? ? ode or wut?
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Lol clan 21 February 2019
What type of poem is dis? ? Ode, lyrical, sonnett, ballad? ?
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Sherry 21 July 2018
Learned it in 3rd gr. 1965..can still quote it too. :
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Ron Cervi 08 April 2016
This poem, credited to simply burgess was quoted by Johnny Carson on the July 12,1984 episode of The Tonight Show. He looked over at band leader Doc Severenson who was dressed in purple, and said you remind me of a poem I read in third grade... he then quoted it from memory.
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Christian Gehman 09 September 2015
Years later, he wrote: O Yes, I wrote the purple cow I'm sorry now I wrote it. But I can tell you anyhow I'll kill you if you quote it.
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Christian Gehman 09 September 2015
Years later he wrote: O Yes, I wrote the purple cow I'm sorry now I wrote it But I can tell you anyhow I'll kill you if you quote it.....
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Bethany Buhl 06 January 2012
This is more like a quote than a poem, but I love it. I remember when I was younger someone said this and I was huh. There isn't no such thing as a purple cow.
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Jennie Manning 29 August 2009
CristianDolon, your girlfriend must be really old because this poem was written in 1895..... :)
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Cristian Dolon 18 January 2009
I don't know who you are but you BETTER take this poem down. This poem was written by my girlfriend StarLover from Creative-Poems many years ago... I can't stand a person that would STEAL other work and post it as his own... Take it down or prepare to be banned FOREVER! NOW! ! ! ! !
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Tony Smith 01 March 2018
My mother quoted the purple cow and the floorless room to me in the 1940s. She credited Odgan Nash.
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Janelle Simon 28 March 2019
My mother also quoted it to us as children. She was born in 1928. That makes your girlfriend a bit of a stretch, doesn't it?
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