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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 19

TISSUE metaphor

I have a cold today. Probably because I was wrestling with the Beast yesterday
(see yesterday’s post).

What’s a metaphor for having a cold?  Hmmm…

An invasion…my body’s been taken over by the enemy?

A wet, windy day…on the day I’d planned a picnic?

A smashed banana?  That’s how I feel right now.

Or…can you spot the metaphor in the following rough draft
(which is also a mask poem and which includes personification)?


Day wakes up and stretches
her long, lean sunlit arms

Be gone! I close the curtains
for I’m glob of germs

and neither Day’s light laughter
nor her cloud-free charms

can change that I’m a tissue
all wadded up and gross

I’m full of yuck and—achoo!
I’m warning: don’t come close.

What’s the metaphor that defines YOUR day?



poem © 2014 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

3 Responses to “TISSUE metaphor”

  1. HypeFilez says:

    A lot of people don’t know what a methaphore is.

  2. Tabatha says:

    So sorry you’ve been feeling bad. You did a wonderful job with your poem! I really like your description of Day (“neither Day’s light laughter
    nor her cloud-free charms”). Nice ending, too.

  3. April says:

    Dear HypeFilez,

    Thanks for coming by.
    Just go to
    for a definition.

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