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CHAT: Purple Cow (was Sensory Infixes in rtemmu )

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Thursday, June 13, 2002, 15:44
On 12 June, John Cowan wrote:

> It's true I wrote the "Purple Cow"; > I wish I never wrote it. > But I can tell you anyhow, > I'll kill you if you quote it. > --Gelett Burgess, twenty years later.
Aw, c'mon, John. Don't make me play George Lucas and give the folks Chapter One long _after_ they've seen a later chapter! ;-) Oh, very well! :-) The original poem goes: 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. According to the version on the poem had a title almost as long as the poem itself: The Purple Cow's Projected Feast Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who's Quite Remarkable, at Least The reply, writtten after Burgess had become remembered more or less only for this, to the exclusion of everything else he had written, also apparently had a title: CONFESSION: and a Portrait, Too, Upon a Background that I Rue! (to nitpick, the second poem is given at the above site as: 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! ) Dan Sulani --------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a A word is an awesome thing.


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