The Purple Cow Poem by Gelett Burgess

The Purple Cow

Rating: 3.5

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!

The Purple Cow
Sunday, May 13, 2001
Topic(s) of this poem: animal
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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Jennie Manning 29 August 2009

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

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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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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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Gelett Burgess

Gelett Burgess

Boston, Massachusetts
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