Gelett Burgess

(30 January 1866 – 18 September 1951 / Boston, Massachusetts)

The Purple Cow - Poem by Gelett Burgess

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!

Topic(s) of this poem: animal

Comments about The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess

  • (7/21/2018 2:03:00 PM)

    Learned it in 3rd gr. 1965..can still quote it too. : (Report) Reply

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  • (4/8/2016 8:50:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Christian Gehman (9/9/2015 9:12:00 PM)

    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 (9/9/2015 9:11:00 PM)

    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.....
    (Report) Reply

  • Bethany Buhl (1/6/2012 10:39:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • (8/29/2009 11:12:00 AM)

    CristianDolon, your girlfriend must be really old because this poem was written in 1895..... :) (Report) Reply

  • Cristian Dolon (1/18/2009 9:19:00 PM)

    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! ! ! ! !
    (Report) Reply

    (3/1/2018 10:08:00 AM)

    My mother quoted the purple cow and the floorless room to me in the 1940s. She credited Odgan Nash.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

Poem Edited: Monday, January 19, 2015

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