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					Similes and Metaphors

                                       “A Cliché”
                                      Eve Merriam

   1.    A cliché
   2.    is what we all say
   3.    when we’re too lazy
   4.    to find another way

   5. and so we say

   6.    warm as toast,
   7.    quiet as a mouse,
   8.    slow as molasses,
   9.    quick as a wink.

   10.   Think,
   11.   Is toast the warmest thing you know?
   12.   Think again, it might not be so.
   13.   Think again: it might even be snow!
   14.   Soft as lamb’s wool, fleecy snow,
   15.   a lacy shawl of new-fallen snow.

   16.   Listen to that mouse go
   17.   scuttling and clawing,
   18.   nibbling and pawing.
   19.   A mouse can speak
   20.   if only a squeak.

   21.   Is a mouse the quietest thing you know?
   22.   Think again, it might not be so.
   23.   Think again: it might be a shadow.
   24.   Quiet as a shadow,
   25.   quiet as growing grass,
   26.   quiet as a pillow,
   27.   or a looking glass
   28.   Slow as molasses,
   29.   quick as a wink.
   30.   Before you say so,
   31.   take time to think.

				
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