In 1895, Burgess published this poem:
"The Purple Cow"
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!
Apparently, it was a bit of a 19th century meme, and it quickly became his best-known work. A few years later, he published a similarly brief follow-up:
"Confession: and a Portrait, Too, Upon a Background that I Rue!"
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!
So I think it's safe to assume he didn't love the piece.