A wherewolf, feeling too confined
To space, at last made up his mind,
And chose a night of ghoulish doom,
To raise a teacher from the tomb.
“Please make me temporal”, he cried
“The whenwolf”, the dead man replied.
“Weave me into a causal chain!”
“The whywolf.” “Fine. I don’t complain,
But please, good man, complete the spell-
Make in the end me personal!”
“The whowolf!” – Vanished at this cry,
The wolf had changed into a guy.
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Frank Hagelberg is a computational physicist at East Tennessee State University. Born, raised and trained in Germany, he moved to America in1990 and taught at SUNY Albany and Jackson State University prior to his present position. He is married and has three children. His interests include nanoscience, chemical dynamics, and werewolfs. Grammatical transfiguration is his first poetic approach to one of these themes.GRAMMATICAL TRANSFIGURATION (FREE VARIATION ON A THEME BY CHRISTIAN MORGENSTERN) By Frank Hagelberg,