Friday, April 30, 2010

The Purple Cow

Today is the last day of April so it is also the last day of National Poetry Month. Here is another favorite poem of mine. Not just because of the words but because of the memories it brings back.


My Grandmother always liked the poem The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess and got me and my cousin, Alec, to commit it to memory. It was one of the first poems that I memorized and I still can recite it from memory. When ever I hear/read/think about this poem I think of Gammy.

The Purple Cow
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!

Several months ago I was looking for another poem to memorize for school and I can across this poem that Gelett Burgess wrote about his poem The Purple Cow:

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!

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Yes, I remember all three of you (Gammy, Alec, and you) reciting "The Purple Cow"! Fun memories!
(What a shame that Mr.Burgess wished he had not written the poem. Perhaps he was disappointed that folks did not remember other poems he had written as much as this fun little diddy? I wonder.)