Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wordbirds, 3

Words that flew into my life from Webster’s 3rd

caballine: adj. causing poetic inspiration

Middle English caballin, from Latin caballinus, literally, of a horse, from caballus horse, nag + -inus -ine; from the ancient belief that the Muses' spring Hippocrene came from a hoofprint of the winged horse Pegasus. First Known Use: circa 1616

With words he wasn't all that hot—
And really didn't care a jot.

But, thirsty, he once took a drink
From some strange fountain. Did he think

He’d somehow been transformed? Or did
He feel a change at all? A kid,

He prob’ly didn't think too much—
He had no love for thoughts and such.

But his vocabulary grew—
It multiplied by ninety-two.

And words became his subtle game,
For William Shakespeare was his name. 

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