by Rita Dove
Find quotes from this poem, with commentary from Shmoop. Pick a theme below to begin.
we lie down screaming as rain punches through (line 7)
There is a parrot imitating spring in the palace, its feathers parsley green. (lines 1-2)
El General searches for a word; he is all the world there is. (lines 4-6)
El General has found the word: perejil. Who says it, lives. He laughs, teeth shining (lines 13-14)
It is fall, when thoughts turn To love and death; the general thinks Of his mother, how she died in the fall (lines 21-23)