2: an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor : symbol 2
(from Merriam-Webster's online dictionary)
So, yeah. It's time for a metaphorical poem. Yay, right?
No, really, this will be fun!
The basic idea is to use an object, activity or idea as a symbol for something else. Like, say, the act of chopping wood as a metaphor for fucking. Sure, it's violent and kind of mechanical, but there are definitely ways to use the idea. Or use boxing as a metaphor for poetry: the opening stanzas are jabs, working the body, getting their guard down for that fourth stanza when you go for the knockout. Wham, right on the chin. Sawing logs is often used to make comparisons to how some folks snore. What else can you compare it to? Maybe the way somebody's voice cuts away at your sanity? Sometimes you run into a chainsaw... like somebody's step-mom (okay, that's a simile, right?... but c'mon... that's, like, a technicality). What else could it describe? Somebody's social skills? Maybe set a love poem literally in somebody's heart. Or a rant about Congress as the band on the Titanic, arguing over whether they should play some Chopin or Mozart... and hey, could somebody ask the Captain to do something about the water on the dance floor?
Go to town. It'll be fun.
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