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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 14

MY MAMA'S TEETH metaphor

Some people aren’t talkers.  They’re doers.
They may not be able to put into words how they feel about someone,
but their actions show how they feel.  Their actions are metaphors for their feelings.

Here’s a rough draft of one of my poems that illustrates this–(fictionalized but true):


My mama’s teeth stuck out
when she was a bitty girl and they still do
now. My mama saved her money, every little nickel
and we took two buses and walked a long hot time
to get braces on my teeth which make me cranky.
That’s how she says

I love you.

from morguefile.com

from morguefile.com

poem © 2014 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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