Tag Archives: Fish

What a Metaphor is

A metaphor is a soaring bird, wheeling in great arcs beneath the laughing sun that dances in the deep, vibrant, ocean of the sky, where clouds school together, then scatter like puffy, frightened fish;

fish whose golden scales gleam like the ransom of kings seated on towering thrones, glaring down on the hurrying lines of ants they rule, each one a cog in the inexorable machine;

grond

the Juggernaut crawling forward like a hideous beast of war, Ares’ lapdog resting before an inferno of souls, surrounded by the skulls of vanquished heroes, each grinning like a macabre clown, singing a song of ghoulish glee in ghastly harmony: the worst birthday party in the world;

the party stalling, the vain effort of prosperous parents to placate their tempestuous toddler, their obstreperous offspring, by showering him with medals for moot victories and bribes for better behavior;

his face a rainy day of disappointment, until his mother reveals the Great Secret, the trip away from chattering phones and economic conquests, with only the family trinity, together like a hug and a kiss;

his little heart flaming in hope and joy and leaping up like an arrow from the string, like a fiery rocket,

like a soaring bird.

Bird Soaring

Well, a metaphor is something like that. You get the idea.

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Fish Feeder – Friday Fictioneers

(I think this is the most alliterative post title I’ve ever had. )

copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy

copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy

Fish Feeder

“And this is the koi pond,” Lady Phram said. “You will be responsible for feeding the fish.”

“They look well-fed,” Ali said. He was still surprised a street urchin like him had been suddenly given a job in a mansion.

Lady Phram’s eyebrows arched. “Oh, quite.”

Ali put his hand in the water and the fish swarmed. “Ouch!” He yanked back his hand, bleeding.

“These aren’t normal koi.” She walked through a wooden door, shutting him in.

“What do I do now?” he called.

“You feed the fish,” she called through the door.

Water began to pour into the courtyard.

 


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