Are you old enough to remember
diagramming sentences? He has
forgotten what to call all those
parts of speech but he knows what
they are and where they go and
writes like he’s riding a bicycle.
Once you learn, you never forget.
He’s concerned that the basics
will be lost in this age of social
media and mostly he’s concerned
about what grammar school and high
school teachers will face and maybe
already are facing with kids who
don’t know how to ride the bike of
sentence diagramming and as he
peddles down the literary street,
he wonders once again about the diff-
erence between a gerund and a gerbil.