The Purple Cow - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Written by Gelett Burgess (1866 – 1951).

Gelett Burgess became widely known for The Purple Cow poem. So much so that later he wrote this poem:

Cinq Ans Apres. [5 years later]
(Confession: and a Portrait, Too,
Upon a Background that I Rue!)

Ah, 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!

The Purple Cow poem was parodied by many poets. Here's an anonymous one that was well-known:

I've never seen a purple cow.
My eyes with tears are full.
I've never seen a purple cow,
And I'm a purple bull.


Thanks and Acknowledgements

Illustration by Gelett Burgess, edited by Lisa.