by Carolyn Forché
The Colonel Power Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Sentence)
[…] a pistol on the cushion beside him. (5)
No warlord's outfit would be complete without the essential accessory: a pistol. The colonel is ready to shoot and kill at the drop of a hat. The image of the gun on the pillow shows how he may be gracious, but he's packing a fatal force behind it all.
The moon swung bare on its black cord over the house. (6)
Don't forget: they have the power, and you don't. An image of violent interrogation, of torture, stands above the house to suggest the kinds of work this man does.