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For Poetry Month 2014, I'm searching for metaphors and similes. Join me! Here's a bit more on this month's project.

April 12

COMPOST BIN metaphor

Here’s another metaphor in a rough draft poem
about the same topic as April 11th
(read today’s poem first, then scroll down to find out
what I’m really writing about.)


Sometimes it’s good:
sliding the tines of the rake under a big pile,
lifting, then tossing it
into the compost bin.

Your chest swells,
you breathe the earthy air
with a feeling of deep

Sometimes it’s not:
scooping up all those separate pieces
of who-knows-what,
dumping them in.

And then that awful thought:
Should you have been more careful?
What did you just cover-up?
What’s at the very bottom?

This is about dealing with a pile of emails.

Eli and the compost pile 4-11-14 (2)

Eli and one of our compost piles

poem © 2014 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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