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.
That is one of the first poems that was not a nursery rhyme taught to me by my mother. It is cute and easy to learn.
The absurdity of a cow being purple makes the poem memorable.
There have been many parodies of the poem. They all add to the humor of it and some take it to a new level.
In fact Gelett Burgess grew to hate his poem. He even wrote a new one.
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!
I thought of the poem today. I saw a commercial with John Cena and a purple cow. Imagine that. So Of course I had to write a poem.