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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 29

BATHING OUR DOG metaphor & simile

Howdy, Campers!

When I wrote a poem about my sister and me bathing our dog, Peanuts, I used the metaphor of war; there’s a war image in each stanza. See if you can pick out which are similes and which are metaphors:


My sister and I are pushing a big aluminum tub
across our brick patio to the grass
sounding like a tank rolling towards war.

I hold the hose and she turns the spigot.
Water thunders into the tub like a drum roll,
filling it up.

We find him trembling behind bushes,

We pull our prisoner across the yard,
his head down,
his paws gripping the passing grass;

then, my sister, because she is older,
lifts him above the tub…
and with a long sigh, he surrenders.

This poem was included in the book, Poems for Brothers, Poems for Sisters selected by Myra Cohn Livingston (Holiday House, 1988).

Go into your bathroom. Could a bar of soap be a smooth stone? Could the bathtub be a cooking pot…and whoever is taking a bath be part of the stew? What could a toothbrush…or a wet washcloth be?

from morguefile.com

from morguefile.com

poem © 2014 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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