METAPHOR.

metaphor.

meta,
from greek
defined as being “beyond.”

phor,
also from greek,
meaning “to carry.”

a metaphor
is something carried beyond.

or maybe
something beyond carrying.

for example:

america
is a bullet that never stops
being fired

or

silence
is the noise beneath
the constant sound
of screaming.

metaphor:

to help give life
to something
by comparing it
to something
else.

a name in itself
can be
a metaphor

see:
Emmett Till.

see:
Trayvon Martin.

you see,
history repeats itself
and you could say
that
is a metaphor
except sadly
no
it’s not.

it is literal.

literally
has recently been
reclassified to mean
figuratively
as well as
literally

because

people
have for so long now
been misusing
the world literally.

literally 50 people
die from gun violence
in japan each year.

literally 10,000 people
die from gun violence
in america each year.

this has literally
got to stop.

this is un like
anything else.

there is no
cute comparison.

there is no place
for figurative language
when escaping reality
is the easiest thing to do.

this is a truth
that is beyond question.

this is a fact
that is well documented
in the esophagus
of every endless
news feed.

this is what we
digest.

this is what
we put on our tongues
like daily communion.

this is heavier
than metaphor.

this

is a weight

that is beyond

carrying.

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2015

Author: brice maiurro

Denver poet. Author of Stupid Flowers, out now through Punch Drunk Press.

5 thoughts on “METAPHOR.”

  1. Excellent! Now if only our elected reps would listen to the voices of reason, the cries of relatives who have lost family members to gun violence instead of allowing themselves to be controlled and bought off by the NRA. So many innocent lives lost because of fear and hate. Your words are very timely. Thank you for sharing this post. Grace, Peace & Blessings to you and your family.

  2. You draw us in as this piece dances with linguistic/poetic ideas and then comes crashing up against social realities. I think it works well. America is becoming quite sad and diminished. Shouters, bigots and angry heteful politicians appear to have some grip on the imagination of your country. This will pass.

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