The Lark’s Song

A Beckoning to Freedom


  • Zacarias Negron


A fox, a fig, and a flashlight. What they have to do with one another—no one could tell upon first hearing. A young fox desperate to break free from the doldrum of life as he knows it, endeavors on a life changing journey. A lark’s song illuminates his path, an auspicious messenger. A miraculous flashlight aids him from heavenward. A fig lay set aside as his preeminent destination.

For additional context, listen to the author's reflection on the piece below.

Author Biography

Zacarias Negron

Zacarias Negron is a Chancellor’s Scholar at Vanderbilt University, where he is majoring in Political Science (International Track) and Law, History, & Society. He is minoring in Russian Studies and Islamic Studies with a particular focus on the Caucasus and Central Asian regions. He is a member of the Vanderbilt University Debate Team, competing in collegiate and British Parliamentary and Case Competition debates, both foreign and domestic.

Author's Reflection



How to Cite

Negron, Z. (2022). The Lark’s Song: A Beckoning to Freedom. SCAFFOLD: A SHOWCASE OF VANDERBILT FIRST-YEAR WRITING, 4. Retrieved from