One Cow, Two Moos

By J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942
We used to have a single cow,
We called her Mrs. Rupple.
But she got struck by a lightning bolt,
And now we have a couple.

She's walking sort of funny now,
Oh pity her poor calf.
Old Mrs. Rupple gives no milk,
She gives us half-and-half.

J. Patrick Lewis, "One Cow, Two Moos" from Two-Legged, Four-Legged, No-Legged Rhymes, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Copyright © 1991 by J. Patrick Lewis. Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Source: Two-Legged, Four-Legged, No-Legged Rhymes (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991)

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Poet J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Nature, Animals, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

 J. Patrick Lewis


Former Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, until 1998 when he became a full-time writer.

Lewis is the author of more than fifty books of poetry for children, which . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Animals, Social Commentaries, Town & Country Life

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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