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My Feet
Frank Gelett Burgess


My Feet they haul me Round the House,
They Hoist me up the Stairs;
I only have to Steer them, and
They Ride me Everywheres!

From The Burgess Nonsense Book; Being a Complete Collection of the Humorous Masterpieces of Gelett Burgess (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1901).
This poem is in the public domain.




Frank Gelett Burgess (1866 - 1951) was born in Boston. A graduate of MIT, he worked as an engineer and as an art professor before turning to the world of words for his livelihood. Though he was a serious journalist who produced respected articles and reviews, Gelett was best known as a humorist. His comics, children's books, and nonsense poems were much loved during his lifetime; his poem, "The Purple Cow," and his invented characters, "The Goops," remain widely known even today. Gelett is credited with creating the word "blurb," which came from one of his poems.


Post New Comment:
Happy childhood memories of purple cows came flooding back to this daughter of a Jersey cow dairy farmer! Same rhythym pattern. Wonderful nonsense. Shows that body parts poems can be fun and successful.
Posted 08/18/2019 05:03 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Love it.
Posted 08/17/2019 10:20 AM

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