The first poem is:
"I stand before you
to stand behind you
to tell you something
I know nothing about.
On fine day
in the middle of the night
Two dead boys
Got up to fight
Back to back
they faced each other
drew their swords
and shot each other
A def police man
Heard the noise
Came and killed
those two dead boy
If you don't believe
This lie is true
Ask a blind man
Cause he saw it too"
And the other is from when i was in kindergarden:
"I never saw a purple cow
i never hope to be one
but i can tell you any how
I'd rather see one than be one"
Purple Cow was written by Gelett Burgess who also is credited with this 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."
Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), U.S. humorist, illustrator.
I don't know about the other poem you listed.
A variety of versions of your first poem have been around for a long time - a chap called David Fleetwood, born in British Columbia in 1929 recalled a version he was taught by his grandfather, but couldn't remember all of it. At that stage the first verse wasn't there - it started with 'One fine day in the middle of the night' Other verses include, between your second and third verses:
One was blind and the other couldn't see
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!" (alternative line here is Two lame men came to carry them away.)
A paralysed donkey passing by
Kicked the blind man in the eye
Knocked him through a nine-inch wall
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
There is no author as such - it is usually attributed to good old 'Anon' and I think it likely that someone wrote a verse or two and it got embellished, altered and added to by other people, like songs such as 'In the stores' . and 'She'll be coming round the mountain' etc.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/03/2007 05:04AM by marian222.