dVerse prompt – Metaphor-

A metaphor equates two things not because they are the same but because there is a symbolic resemblance or comparison.

A metaphor can not be taken literally. In many cases I think that the more surprising they are the better they are.

A metaphor can be used not only in poetry but also in other texts and in day to day speech.

What is special in poetry is that the poet has to find unique metaphors. Our day to day language is filled with metaphors that have become idioms, cliches or just part of our day to day language.

Today I would like you to take words and things around you and try to equate them to something symbolic such as an emotion, or the description of a person.

To make them unique fill the imagery with descriptions. For example don’t just say a car but say a rusty yellow 1977 Volkswagen Beetle… Make them as rich and specific as you can.                                                                               ~  



Red rage, viscous as molten lava, began secretly,

buried beneath dust and duff, internally combusting

beneath the heat and pressure of the woodland floor –

too many fallen leaves and branches,

enough to build a shelter or a bookcase, if only

someone – him?  Her?  Had taken up the tools at hand.

But no, the tangled fallout of a dozen storms

lay undisturbed, generating heat until one day

a tiny wisp of smoke drifted up, gasped oxygen,

flamed full-blown into blaze, and burned the forest down.


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8 Responses to dVerse prompt – Metaphor-

  1. Beverly Crawford says:

    Anger can so be likened to a forest-fire-in-waiting. It has no redeeming graces and leads only to conflagration. Evocative write!

  2. merrildsmith says:

    Such vivid language! Rage can burn a forest down.

  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the sound in this phrase: “flamed full-blown into blaze”

  4. Lona Gynt says:

    What a powerful image and reflection of the damage that silent anger can bring. Hiding our anger or frustrations may at times be the better part of valor, but you show that heaping fuel on it does not hide it. This has given me a spark to reflect on some truths I need to address with some of my loved ones, if unity I hope rather than anger. Burning the forest down may actually be good for the natural world in geologic time, but not for the intertwining roots of our relationships. AND, it is GREAT to meet you, I think I read that you have only recently found dVerse with Amaya’s Utopia prompt (I was to exhausted to play with that one, and only had the energy to post an old poem with this one), but I think we will really love having you here. I found it in April, and have really found it to be a lovely spot. WELCOME!! 🙂

    • What a warm kind welcome. Thank you! I think one of the most wonderful things about poetry is that it enables one to glimpse truths about oneself or situation in a non-confrontational, more accepting way- possibly because of the company we keep each other when we share our experience, griefs and joys. Poetry proves to me, over and over again, that I am not alone.

  5. Oh that rage and the image of forest fire, we need to prune and take care or it will all turn to ash…

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