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A Poem by Rowlf is a recurring sketch on The Muppet Show that featured Rowlf the Dog reciting an original poem, while other Muppets interrupted his performance.

The sketch appeared twice in the first season, on episodes 108 and 120. Like the Talking Houses, the segment was dropped and made no further appearances on The Muppet Show. Thirty-four years later, the segment appeared in comic book form in The Muppet Show Comic Book.

In 1982, Rowlf became the subject of Kermit the Frog's poem "Rowlf, Rowlf" in Kermit's Garden of Verses.


The Muppet Show Season 1

Picture Title / Episode Description
episode 108
Rowlf's poem about silence is overwhelmed by a variety of other, noisier Muppets, including Miss Piggy, Scooter, Zoot, Janice, Animal, Wanda, George the Janitor and Mel. At the end of the sketch, Rowlf shoos them all off, and finishes the poem with the word peace. Just as he is about to relax in silence, Kermit the Frog comes onstage and tells Rowlf to quiet down, since they're doing a show. Rowlf breaks out crying as Kermit leaves.
"The Butterfly"
episode 120
As Rowlf recites his poem, a small yellow butterfly flutters by. The poem is interrupted, however, when a giant butterfly catches Rowlf in its net and carries him offstage.

The Muppet Show Comic Book

Picture Title / Episode Description
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"The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time"
Family Reunion #4
Rowlf attempts to tell a story involving the dark, given the fact that the lights are off onstage. However, he is interrupted midway through the poem by Beauregard, who fixes the lightbulb. Rowlf, annoyed, throws the script away and leaves.

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