A metaphor is a soaring bird, wheeling in great arcs beneath the laughing sun that dances in the deep, vibrant, ocean of the sky, where clouds school together, then scatter like puffy, frightened fish;
fish whose golden scales gleam like the ransom of kings seated on towering thrones, glaring down on the hurrying lines of ants they rule, each one a cog in the inexorable machine;
the Juggernaut crawling forward like a hideous beast of war, Ares’ lapdog resting before an inferno of souls, surrounded by the skulls of vanquished heroes, each grinning like a macabre clown, singing a song of ghoulish glee in ghastly harmony: the worst birthday party in the world;
the party stalling, the vain effort of prosperous parents to placate their tempestuous toddler, their obstreperous offspring, by showering him with medals for moot victories and bribes for better behavior;
his face a rainy day of disappointment, until his mother reveals the Great Secret, the trip away from chattering phones and economic conquests, with only the family trinity, together like a hug and a kiss;
his little heart flaming in hope and joy and leaping up like an arrow from the string, like a fiery rocket,
like a soaring bird.
Well, a metaphor is something like that. You get the idea.
March 11th, 2014 at 12:14 am
Great post! A metaphor is an ocean of comparisons.
March 11th, 2014 at 9:16 pm
this is amazing David, you did take us to a fabulous journey of three worlds!
March 11th, 2014 at 9:44 pm
It was a fun writing exercise. How many metaphors can you find in there? I found 34.
March 11th, 2014 at 10:27 pm
metaphors? what are they? 🙂
March 11th, 2014 at 10:46 pm
What? You’ve learned nothing? 😉
A metaphor is a tiger flying a jet through a custard pie. At least that’s what it says on its ID card.
March 12th, 2014 at 4:22 pm
humble agreement. 🙂
i loved the example. 🙂
March 11th, 2014 at 11:54 pm
lovely beginning and so beautiful ending…..
April 13th, 2014 at 1:35 am
David, it’s astonishing how, in a seemingly little exercise, you manage to carry us along through the human condition. Really, really good.
April 13th, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Thanks. I’m glad you liked it. And thanks for all the likes and comments on my recent posts. It was a nice surprise when I woke up this morning. 🙂