- Ballad of the Oscine
They say we come from lizardsand point to the scales on our feet.
They call us all sparrows,warn that His eye is on us.
And measure the thickness of our skullsto see how much light gets through.
And argue each of us is bornknowing songs, and how to sing. [End Page 729]
Chi Elliott, a Cave Canem fellow, lives in Oakland, California. She received a Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Texas, and an M. F. A. in poetry at the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers. She has published in Callaloo, Notre Dame Review, and MARGIE.