Friday, November 19, 2004


Its cousins guard the rest of emperors.
It guards our spice rack.

They wear armor and bear arms.
It wears feathers and bears a beak.

They draw scholars and tourists from the world over.
It may draw my attention when I'm looking for cumin.

They are the Chinese terra cotta warriors.
It is a terra cotta chicken, and I'm told it's our new mascot.