A grammarian lost his balance and fell off his donkey
and, it was said, lost the gift of grammar too.
From that day on he lived an ordinary life as a private man,
without understanding anything he once had taught.
But with Glykon it was the exact opposite:
he knew little of our spoken language
and even less of grammar, but by riding Libyan donkeys
and repeatedly falling off them, he became a grammarian.
©2010 by Peter Constantine, Rachel Hadas, Edmund Keeley, and Karen Van Dyck. Used with permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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