Practical Metaphors

I would say that

Gardening is meant to

Feed the soul

But have you seen

The price of onions?

IMG_2142Rich in metaphors. Rich in onions.

You would think that I couldn’t find multiple ways to use onions as metaphors. You would be wrong.


For more metaphorical and practical plants, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.

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Pig Skin

There are old stories

About creatures and people who take on fur

And take it off

Skins slick and dense,

Easily worn,

Easily shed.

There’s something uncomfortable about a pig

In the way that its skin is fully displayed

Impossible to hide with fine thin hairs

The birthmarks and blemishes and signs of scars

Or age.

Skin is a map we try to cover

And pigs lay out their routes boldly

Lives too unobscured for fairytales.

IMG_0063A story is as much what isn’t said as what is

What tales hide and what they reveal is always a point of fascination.


For more skins, obscured and unobscured, my fantasy novel, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.

 

Bitter and Sweet

I am allergic to raspberries.

For years, I did not understand this.

I thought that people enjoyed their bitter flavour,

The way they made mouths tingle and swell.

I thought it was normal to cringe as the succulent bubbles popped

And more of that sweet-bitter poison traced its way down my throat.

We could grow few other fruit,

But we could grow raspberries.

Thousand of raspberries in drinks,

In desserts,

In the half-rotten smell of their unpicked fruit,

Baked in the summer’s heat.

No-one could understand why I did not like them,

And so I determined the problem was me,

And the strange flavours only my mouth could find.

I am allergic to raspberries,

And I no longer have to try to find-

The sweet in the bitter.

IMG_9824Beautiful and bitter

It is hard to walk out of step with the world.


For more differences of taste, my fantasy novel, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.