Poems With Similes

Published: November 2018

Similes are a form of figurative language that use the words "like" or "as" to compare two things. Similes are a writing technique used by poets and all writers to create rich imagery and memorable connections for their readers. Writers use similes to enhance descriptions of feelings, experiences or objects by comparing them vividly to something else.

Learn more: What are Similes And Metaphors In Poetry?

18 Simile Poems - Examples Of Popular Poems That Use Similes

  1. 1. True Friend

    • By Ashley Campbell
    • Published: March 2012

    Many people have friends they can trust. Some have friends who aren't loyal and friends who don't treat others the way they should. So this poem is to let a friend know how special they are. It also tells you what a real friend is like.

    in Short Friendship Poems

    Short True Friend Poem

    A friend is like a star that twinkles and glows
    Or maybe like the ocean that gently flows.
    A friend is like gold that you should treasure
    And take care of forever and ever.
    A friend is like an angel that is there to guide you.
    A friend is someone you can trust out of a few.
    A friend is more than one in a million.
    They are one in a ca-zillion,
    And you, my friend, are very special
    and so it is official.

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  2. 2. A Family Is Like A Circle

    • By Nicole M. O'Neil
    • Published: February 2006

    What is a family? Each of the first 3 stanzas uses a different simile to explain how deep and lasting the connection between family members is. Similies are figures of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds, using the word like or as.

    in Loving Poems about Family

    A family is like a circle.
    The connection never ends,
    and even if at times it breaks,
    in time it always mends.

    A family is like the stars.
    Somehow they're always there.
    Families are those who help,
    who support and always care.

    A family is like a book.
    The ending's never clear,
    but through the pages of the book,
    their love is always near.

    A family is many things.
    With endless words that show
    who they are and what they do
    and how they teach you so you know.

    But don't be weary if it's broken
    or if through time it's been so worn.
    Families are like that -
    they're split up and always torn.

    But even if this happens,
    your family will always be.
    They help define just who you are
    and will be a part of you eternally.

    A Family Is Like A Circle

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  4. 3. The Importance Of A Sister

    Why I love my sister...

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    Why I Love My Sister Poem

    A sister is someone who loves you from the heart.
    No matter how much you argue, you cannot be drawn apart.
    She is a joy that cannot be taken away.
    Once she enters your life, she is there to stay.

    A friend who helps you through difficult times,
    Her comforting words are worth much more than dimes.
    A partner who fills your life with laughs and smiles,
    These memories last for miles and miles.

    When she is by your side, the world is filled with life.
    When she is not around, your days are full of strife.
    A sister is a blessing who fills your heart with love.
    She flies with you in life with the beauty of a dove.

    A companion to whom you can express your feelings,
    She doesn't let you get bored at family dealings.
    Whether you are having your ups or downs,
    She always helps you with a smile and never frowns.

    With a sister, you cannot have a grudge.
    She is as sweet as chocolate and as smooth as fudge.
    Having a sister is not just a trend.
    It is knowing you can always turn to her, your best friend.

    Why I Love My Sister Poem, The Importance Of A Sister

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  5. 4. Friends

    Abbie Farwell Brown was an American author who lived from 1871-1927. While attending the Girls' Latin School, she created a school newspaper, The Jabberwock, which is still being published today. In the poem "Friends," Brown shares that even things in nature can be children's friends, giving them comfort whenever they fear.

    in Famous Children Poems

    How good to lie a little while
    And look up through the tree!
    The Sky is like a kind big smile
    Bent sweetly over me.

    The Sunshine flickers through the lace
    Of leaves above my head,
    And kisses me upon the face
    Like Mother, before bed.

    The Wind comes stealing o'er the grass
    To whisper pretty things;
    And though I cannot see him pass,
    I feel his careful wings.

    So many gentle Friends are near
    Whom one can scarcely see,
    A child should never feel a fear,
    Wherever he may be.

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  7. 5. Life Without You

    • By Nikki Wilfong
    • Published: February 2008

    What life would be like if you were not in it. This poem makes strong use of similes to describe what life is like without the person they love. Similes compare two objects or ideas using the words "like" or "as".

    in Boyfriend Poems

    Me without you
    is like a leafless fall,
    a snowless winter,
    and a flowerless spring.

    Me without you
    is like a colorless rainbow,
    a sunless day,
    and a starless night.

    Me without you
    is like the ocean without a wave,
    the beach without sand,
    and a flameless fire.

    Me without you
    is like a book without words,
    a man without a face,
    and a child with no name.

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  8. 6. A Thorny Rose

    • By Kirston D. Warfield
    • Published: February 2006

    A young girl compares life to a rose.

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    Our life is like a thorny rose
    Not perfect, but always beautiful
    The thorns represent the hardships in our lives.
    The delicate red petals represent the fun and beautiful things in our lives.
    As a young rose the petals hugging around the seed
    are the family and friends who protect, love, and care for us.

    A Thorny Rose

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    Lovely Poem. Life means struggling. We know we may seem like a rose, but some thorns are our weaknesses. Let's forget all the awkward moments and smile like a rose accepting the thorns for a...

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  9. 7. Similes And Metaphors In Poetry

    Similes and metaphors are used when the author wants to compare two things. The difference between Similes and Metaphors is that Similes compare objects using “like” or “as,” and metaphors compare without those words.

    in Advanced Poetic Techniques

    Similes And Metaphors In Poetry - The Difference, Examples And Definitions

    Do you want to make the descriptions in your writing stronger?
    Do you want people to connect your words with other experiences in their lives?
    Using similes or metaphors is a great way to add explanations to your writing. Both similes and metaphors take two concepts and compare them, drawing attention to the power of these concepts.

    What are Similes:

    Similes compare two concepts with "like" or "as." Generally, the comparison is more obvious when using a simile because "like" or "as" breaks apart the sentence.

    Simile Examples

    • The day was as hot as the sun.

    • He could swim like a fish.

    • Her sneeze was as loud as a train whistle.

    • I felt like a fish out of water.

    What are Metaphors:

    Metaphors compare two concepts without "like" or "as." Metaphors provide more subtlety to the descriptions; the comparisons are more seamless because there's not a distinct break to insert "like" or "as."

    Metaphor Examples

    • The stars were diamonds in the sky.

    • Her smile was a ray of sunshine.

    • He couldn't stand because his legs were rubber.

    Sometimes entire poems can be written in the form of a metaphor. For example, someone might compare life to the waves of the sea, which rise and fall. The character of a person could also be compared to objects like a diamond that doesn't bend under pressure. The people in a family might be described as the branches that make up a family tree.

    When describing concepts in your writing, ask yourself if your writing will be enhanced by the use of a simile or metaphor.

    Examples Of Poems With Metaphors

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    Examples Of Poems With Similes

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  10. 8. Harlem

    We all dream of what we want to experience in life, but what happens when those dreams are put on hold or ignored? That’s what Langston Hughes attempts to answer in this poem. None of the possibilities are positive, making the reader realize the importance of pursuing dreams. Langston Hughes was a key contributor during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. He wrote many poems about what life was like for African Americans.

    in Famous Sad Poems

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore—
    And then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over—
    like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?

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    A wonderful poem by Langston Hughes, some dreams drift off with the morning mist, others come through if one persists.....

    A dream differed is a dream put on hold
    until the time comes for...

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  11. 9. Note To Self

    A short inspirational reminder to flow with changes.

    in Inspirational Poems

    Metaphor For Dealing With Change

    Be like the willow that bends,
    shade that it sends,
    peace that it lends.

    During the breeze
    its leaves will appease
    and shift with ease.

    Enduring, alluring, maturing.
    Be like the willow that bends.

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  12. 10. Storm At Sea

    This poem uses point of view to make the readers feel as though they're one of the sailors trying to survive the storm.

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    Poem About The Power Of Storms

    CRASHING waves... SMASHING seas...
    Bringing sailors to their knees.
    As they struggle to save their lives,
    Hoping and praying help arrives.

    The stormy seas as dark as coal,
    Preventing the sailors from reaching their goal.
    Battered and bruised, but still they fight...
    Staring ahead into the dead of night.
    Rocking and rolling as they try to stand...
    Hoping against hope that they soon reach land.

    Bleary eyed from lack of sleep.
    Down in their cabins, huddled like sheep.
    As they're rocking and rolling down beneath,
    Weary sailors above resist with gritted teeth.

    Hours later, as the storm starts to dissipate,
    It leaves a calm tranquil sea in it wake.
    The veteran sailors know the battle is over and they have won...
    As they contemplate other storms yet to come...

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    This poem brought a tear to my eye and I love the way that the author has written this particular poem. It definitely is top in my book.

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  13. 11. Haiku Year

    A haiku describing nature for each of the twelve months of the year.

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    Haiku Poem About Months Of The Year

    Delightful display
    Snowdrops bow their pure white heads
    To the sun's glory.

    Fresh green buds appear
    Indicating spring will soon
    Energize us all.

    Lambs gambol in fields
    Frisky with the joys of life
    Bleating happily.

    Bluebells stand so proud
    Beneath trees so sparsely dressed
    Fresh green leaves unfold.

    Much awaited sound
    Echoes heard amid dense trees
    Cuckoo has arrived.

    Parks and gardens burst
    With sounds and vibrant colours
    Perfect harmony.

    Beaches become full
    Of families having fun
    In sand and big waves.

    Ripe golden harvest
    Burning sun in azure skies
    Labours rewarded.

    Swallows congregate
    On telephone wires ready
    To migrate down south.

    Red and gold leaves fall,
    Crunchy as cornflakes beneath
    Feet on a crisp morn.

    Frosty webs sparkle
    In the early morning sun
    Brightly bejeweled.

    First few flakes of snow
    Dust gardens like icing on
    A chocolate cake.

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    I love this poem sooooo much! Can't stop reading it. I am in love with the absolute perfect descriptions of each month...great job Paul.

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  14. 12. Love Throughout Time

    I write what my heart tells me to and the way it tells me to write. I originally wrote this poem for my girlfriend at our 10-month milestone in our relationship, and I've decided that this poem could be relatable to others, and I want to share it with the world. Maybe one day someone will pass it on to a loved one completing the symbol of love through time.

    in Relationship Poems

    Time is like the wind,
    Slow and smooth.
    Time can change swiftly,
    Fast and fierce.

    Time is like wine,
    Sweet and refined.
    Time can be hard to get past,
    Bitter and rough.

    Time is like a butterfly,
    Gentle and beautiful.
    Time can flutter by,
    Graceful and memorable.

    Time is like our love,
    Sturdy and never changing.
    Time can persevere,
    Forever and always.

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  15. 13. Gift Of Magic And Love

    I'm a proud Ohioan and big sister, and I hope my poetry touches you in a special way. I wrote this poem for all my friends and family members. This is my Christmas gift to all of them. I wanted to show through this poem that the best gifts come from the heart and that the smallest gift, say a Christmas wish, can mean the world to someone, especially those who are having a hard time this year or can't be home for Christmas.

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    Christmas Wishes For Family And Friends

    'Tis the season for warmth and cheer,
    To be with our family and those we hold dear.
    But what if we are miles away?
    What if we can't be there on Christmas day?

    We could send a beautiful Christmas card,
    A glittery ornament that shines like a star,
    A tin of cookies so warm and sweet,
    But there's only one gift that makes it complete.

    It's sent through the snowflakes in the air,
    Through an angel's peaceful and heavenly prayer,
    Through the verdant Christmas tree,
    Through the Holy Babe, sleeping peacefully.

    This gift is magical in every way.
    It only comes on Christmas day.
    It's what makes us truly rich;
    A heartfelt, loving Christmas wish.

    It's bright and big like the Bethlehem star.
    It stretches wide and travels far.
    It's the first snow of Christmas day.
    It's the sun's warm and hopeful ray.

    This precious gift I gladly send.
    It's a Christmas wish to my family and friends:
    May love, peace, and joy in your lives stay,
    And may you have a Merry Christmas - always!

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  16. 14. Something Like A Memory

    • By Katenewt
    • Published: February 2018

    I can't stop thinking about what could and would have been if I had done things differently. I am slowly accepting that there's nothing I can do to change the past. This poem comes from a lot of things and can mean different things depending on who's reading it. But my goal here is to show that it's okay to miss someone and to admit that you do.

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    It's Hard To Stop Missing Someone

    Raindrops on window panes
    Stars at night that are just airplanes
    Sparks of light out in the distance
    Reminding me of the space between us
    Jaded pieces keeping us together
    Like trying to catch droplets in stormy weather

    Waiting for the final fall though
    Feeling like tides pulling me away from you
    Constant mistakes
    Relived retakes
    Lying awake at night
    Because waking from dreams doesn't feel right
    No matter what I do
    In my dreams I always come back to you

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  17. 15. Just Like

    This poem is all about using similes. The poet compares her situation to various objects. Our experiences in life can be compared to objects. For example, if someone is bright and cheery, we might compare her to a ray of sunshine. If someone is mean, we might compare those words to the hiss of a snake.

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    Just like a glass
    my heart is broken
    Just like a star
    you light up my life
    Just like a rose
    that blooms it's beauty
    Just like the rain
    that never stops crying
    Just like another human being
    you let go of me
    Just like others
    you broke my heart
    Just like clouds
    you are soft
    Just like bullets
    that you shot into my heart

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  18. 16. Swoosh, Boom, Crunch, Howl

    • By Hayden Myer
    • Published: March 2009

    As I wrote this poem, I was looking at a painting of a scene at the beach. The words just flowed through my keyboard, and found themselves on my paper. I'm actually happy with it.

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    Mindfulness At The Beach

    The sun rises higher and higher, like a blossoming flower, as the children play...
    Beach, Beach, Beach
    The zephyr catches my skin like a wide receiver playing football...
    Swoosh, Swoosh, Swoosh
    The crashing waves sound like a head-on collision...
    Boom, Boom, Boom
    The sand crunches under my feet like cereal in my mouth...
    Crunch, Crunch, Crunch
    The salty water is carried with the wind...
    Howl, Howl, Howl
    The gulls soar higher than the clouds...
    Swoosh, Swoosh, Swoosh
    The child crashes to the ground like a rock slide...
    Boom, Boom, Boom
    The man walks on shells that feel like needles...
    Crunch, Crunch, Crunch
    The dog is angered by the birds...
    Howl, Howl, Howl
    The kite flutters like a plane...
    Swoosh, Swoosh, Swoosh
    The afternoon thunder blasts like a cannon...
    Boom, Boom, Boom
    The child snacks on some chips that sound like glass...
    Crunch, Crunch, Crunch
    The night has fallen and the coyotes holler like babies...
    Howl, Howl, Howl
    The sun rises again higher and higher, like a blossoming flower as the children play...
    Beach, Beach, Beach

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  19. 17. Like A Volcano

    I wrote this poem when I was struggling hard in life. I was broken and shattered as I faced many job rejections and got unexpected wounds from people whom I trusted the most. And that is when my family supported me and encouraged me to stay strong. I hope that this poem brings courage, hope, and strength to those who are at the verge of giving up. Remember you are like a volcano. You have that fire deep inside.

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    Never Give Up In Life

    Are you losing faith?
    Are you feeling low?
    Are you crying out loud,
    Craving to be loved?

    You are stronger than you know.
    Like a volcano,
    deep inside you is a fire.
    You'll reach where you desire.

    Remember you are precious.
    You ought to shine like a gem.
    Give off light,
    intense and bright.

    I know you're waiting for a chance
    and you have been struggling hard.
    Don't give up,
    just go on.

    Yes, like a volcano,
    make an explosion.
    Break the barrier.
    Remember you are a warrior.

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  20. 18. Our Love Like A Diamond

    • By Terri Mooney
    • Published: May 2009

    My husband and I have been married for 29 years and have been through much, even almost divorced. The past has a way of holding us back if we let it, so this poem is about moving on and renewal, and what awaits us as we do.

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    A New Day Before Us
    The Old far Behind
    Let us Look Forward with Newness
    As we turn and Find
    The hidden treasures found in True Love
    Uncover, Unbury, Unwind
    Discover the Mysteries of One Another
    For we are each, One of a Kind!

    True Love is found as a Treasure
    Not on the surface as some simple stone
    But by a Master hand, carved and chiseled
    As a Diamond formed, not on its own
    By reflection and contemplation, beauty brought out with such skill
    Producing such joy and elation, our True Love only to Fulfill!

    What a life we will have
    As we give it our All
    To fulfill only your Need
    Our relation never to Fall!

    A New Day Before Us
    The Old far Behind
    Let us Look Forward with Newness
    Our Love Continually Refined

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