The puncture in my heart
has been slow to mend.
What the bumpy road tore apart
is melding slowly, patched
and glued together.
It will take more than all my years
to remount the bicycle of life,
pump the pedals faster, blow fears
away with breeze through hair
and gasp of stuttering breath,
to repair my shaken heart and bones
long after your death.
Kim M. Russell, 26th September 2019
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meet the Bar – Metaphorically Speaking
Björn is our host for Meeting the Bar this week, and we’re revisiting the metaphor. He begins by explaining the difference between metaphors and similes and goes on to discuss the importance of metaphors being new and unique in order to avoid repeating well-known clichés or stealing someone else’s, with an example from Emily Dickinson.
He also reminds us that metaphors are best used to express abstract concepts such as emotions, or describe someone’s character, and that it helps to make the metaphor exact and precise, with an extract from a Pablo Neruda poem.
Björn asks us to invent new metaphors, combine them, and try to surprise.