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The Purple Cow
(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!

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what genre? ? ? ? ? ? ode or wut?
What type of poem is dis? ? Ode, lyrical, sonnett, ballad? ?
Learned it in 3rd gr. 1965..can still quote it too. :
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.
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.