Metaphor Poems

Metaphor Poems

Metaphorical Poems

People have used metaphors since the birth of mankind. Metaphors are a way to get around censorship as well as to help us see truths that we may not be able to face if they were stated plainly. It is a way to accentuate beauty as well as pain through this medium of the unstated comparison. When you are reading an appropriate metaphor you are immediately drawn between the truth of the comparison that is being alluded to. The ability to understand metaphoric language opens the key to poetry of tremendous beauty.

44 Metaphor Examples in Popular Poetry

  1. 1. Mighty Oak

    I wrote this poem many years ago when I was grieving my grandfather's death. He was a published poet and the light of my life. I saw him as that oak tree. He was always so strong, and his faith never wavered. He taught me so much about life and love and family, but most of all about Christian faith. He will be forever missed, but someday I will meet him in heaven, and until then this will always be my tribute to Caleb Fowler, the greatest man I ever knew.

    Strong And Inspiring Like A Mighty Tree

    Stand tall, oh mighty oak, for all the world to see.
    Your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
    Though storm clouds hover above you,
    Your branches span the sky
    In search of the radiant sunlight you
    Count on to survive.
    When the winds are high and restless and
    You lose a limb or two,
    It only makes you stronger.
    We could learn so much from you.
    Though generations have come and gone
    And brought about such change,
    Quietly you've watched them all,
    Yet still remained the same.
    I only pray God gives to me
    The strength he's given you
    To face each day with hope,
    Whether skies are black or blue.
    Life on earth is truly a gift.
    Every moment we must treasure.
    It's the simple things we take for granted
    That become our ultimate pleasures.

    Strong And Inspiring Like A Mighty Tree, Mighty Oak

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  3. 2. Rose Painted

    • By Paige
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2015

    This poem was inspired by the movie The Help. The main idea of the poem is how people look at people's skin color and judge them.

    Poem About Skin Color

    If I were a Rose painted black,
    would you cast me aside
    like blackened, burnt rice?
    Would my color tarnish my sweet smell?

    If I were a Rose painted black,
    would the richness of my ebony petals
    make me unworthy
    of being called
    a Rose?

    If I were a Rose painted white,
    would my ivory petals be worth more than silver?
    Would my sweet smell captivate
    a room welcomingly?

    If I were just a Rose,
    sweet-smelling and vibrant
    and your mind was blind...
    would my color matter?

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    This was a very true poem! I love the meaning, and it really brings out the idea of discrimination by color and how bad it is. I love it!

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  5. 3. Love Is A Mirror

    • By Quinn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2017

    There was a girl that I put all of my love into but got nothing in return.

    Heartbreak Like A Dagger

    A sharpened dagger stabbed in his heart,
    Ripping in two, ripping apart.
    It took only a few words, but her words cut him deep,
    Stealing emotions, making him weak.
    A two sided mirror true in reflection,
    A double edged knife cutting connections,
    A place in his heart forever reserved
    For the one that he loved but didn't deserve.
    She twisted the dagger; it tore him apart.
    She stole what was left; she stole a broken heart.

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  6. 4. A Broken Family Tree

    A metaphor of a family to a tree, each branch integral to the whole.

    Tradition Poem

    I am one of many
    Small branches of a broken tree,
    Always looking to the ones above
    For guidance, strength and security.
    One little branch trying
    To keep the others from breaking away.
    Who will fall?
    And who will stay?
    Now I stand alone,
    Looking at the earth through the rain,
    And I see the broken branches I knew
    Scattered about me in pain.
    There are those who have taken an ax
    To the root of our very foundation
    And who have passed this destruction
    Down to every new generation.
    If I could take that ax,
    I would toss it deep into the sea,
    Never to return again
    To harm the generations that follow me.
    I am one of many,
    But alone I will go
    And plant the new seeds
    Where a beautiful tree will grow.

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  7. 5. Promises Of A New Day

    The sea is a metaphor for our inner desires that are stirred when we reach life's crossroads. Like the sea, the future possibilities are both intriguing and daunting. Our desires can taunt us to plunge into life and let it take us where it will. Yet, fear also cautions us about the risks and dangers of failure. The real shame isn't failing but in never trying and making new discoveries that enrich us. One day, we'll either wonder what might have been or be glad we explored new possibilities.

    Exploring Life's Possibilities

    The perpetual cadence of the vast sea
    Stirs a restless desire that engulfs me.
    Like an infinite force I dare not impede,
    Briefly rushing in - only to then recede.
    Beckoning me to leave life's safe shore,
    Into deep waters of mystery and lore.

    The seagulls' cries seem to taunt me,
    To follow them over the endless sea,
    Where I'd be free to spread my wings
    And discover the new life the sea brings.
    Yet, fear holds me fast to a familiar place,
    Away from the unknown trials I may face.

    Even the ocean's waves seem to conspire,
    Relentlessly calling to stoke curiosity's fire,
    As they rumble ashore with impatient haste,
    Swirling about my feet with purpose chaste,
    Urging me to follow as they return to the sea,
    Leaving a luring trail of life or its relics for me.

    Shall I boldly explore the sea's possibilities,
    Or allow imagined worries to be liabilities?
    Although I cannot foretell all the sea offers,
    The strong desire to enrich my mind's coffers
    Begs me to obey the sea's enticing siren song
    And let its wandering currents carry me along.

    As the day slowly wanes on the sea's horizon,
    I ponder the sea's glittering trail to the sun,
    Inviting me to watch its vibrant dying light,
    Before the day's life gives way to the night.
    Still, I lingered a while after it faded away,
    Wondering about the promises of a new day.

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  8. 6. Love Is

    • By Jessica
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2015

    This is what I see as love in general.

    Metaphor Poem About Love

    Love is a walk in the rain at night,
    Two hands holding onto each other tight;
    Love is honey on a pair of lips,
    Onto a tender heart it drips;
    Love is a soft and gentle touch;
    Your heart, a child's hand may clutch,
    Love is a song that stains the air,
    Dead or not, it's always there;
    Love is both the sun and moon,
    Across the sky, like stars, it's strewn;
    Love is a tree of abundant fruit,
    Giving and serving with every new shoot;
    Love is a document, faithful and strong,
    To one another, now do you belong;
    Love is a river that rages with passion,
    Finding ways to calm pools no matter the fashion.

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  9. 7. Shipwreck

    • By Devavrat Bishwa
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017

    This is about how people change so quickly, how you trust them but they leave you shattered. This poem is about how your most trusted friend can leave you shattered in pieces and scattered in all emotions.

    A Mighty Storm Made From Anger And Betrayal

    Like a gentle wave, you swayed against my ship.
    With a gentle breeze, you guided me forward.

    As the sun sank into the ocean,
    Light quickly turned into an endless night.

    Your clouds surrounded my night sky,
    Covering all the stars.
    You moved as fast as lightening,
    Yet roared as loud as thunder.

    Your anger, formed as a storm,
    Filled the night sky.
    Your gentle touch turned into piercing thorns.
    You left me on the sand so sore.

    As the moon set upon the horizon,
    Dawn broke and filled the sky.
    You left me on the sandy shore,
    Yet I never asked why.

    I came, I stayed.
    I fought and cried,
    And in the end I was left

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    This helped me get through a rough time, and it described everything so perfectly from the start all the way to the end. Thank you. It truly helped a lot.

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  10. 8. Endure Like A Tree

    • By Alicia Quetzalcoatl
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2015

    I love my niece very much, but sadly, my sister took her to live far away. My heart breaks when I talk to her on the phone because she is going through a tough time, and I can't comfort her. I wrote this poem for her on her 10th birthday.

    Poem About Enduring The Hardships You Face In Life

    To get through life you have to endure as a tree does.
    When Mother Nature tries to bring you down,
    You will never fall; you will stand your ground.
    You will encounter burning flames.
    Yes, it will be painful and hard,
    But once it's over and done with,
    Your bark will grow back stronger than ever.
    When your leaves start to slowly leave,
    Never fret, there will be more to take their place.
    They'll come and go throughout your life,
    That's just how it is.
    From the time you're a seedling to the time you're mature,
    Your roots will always be there to support you.
    After many years,
    After enduring forest fires and changing leaves,
    Your own saplings will fall away to start anew.
    Then you'll know not to worry,
    They'll grow into tall, strong trees,
    Just like those before you.

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  11. 9. Skeletons

    • By Debbie Grenier
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2011

    A child sexual abuse survivor looks at where she is at in life. Lots of Metaphors in this sad poem about skeletons left locked away in a closet.

    Poem About Traumatic Memories Like Skeletons In A Closet

    The welcome mat outside my door
    is dusty, old & worn
    'cuz people have been entering in
    since the day that I was born

    Most people find my home
    to be secure, peaceful, fun
    A place you can be yourself,
    hang out, enjoy the sun

    The walls are splashed with color
    each room's a different hue
    The halls are adorned with pictures
    Some old, some new

    There are lots of empty guest rooms
    At your beck and call
    But there's one room that's off-limits
    The one at the end of the hall

    This room is the oldest,
    been empty many years
    Now all it holds is memories,
    of pain, lost innocence, tears

    In the back stands a closet
    locked many years before
    A door that will never be opened,
    padlocked to keep it secure

    Have you ever heard the sound
    of rattling bones?
    It's an eerie, creepy sound
    when on and on it drones

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  12. 10. Note To Self

    A short inspirational reminder to flow with changes.

    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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  13. 11. Fog

    “Fog” was part of Carl Sandburg’s first poetry collection, Chicago Poems, published in 1916. Sandburg wrote simply and was known to use the “language of the people.” This poem was no different. He used simple imagery, personification and a metaphor to compare fog to the movement of a cat. Sandburg was inspired to write this poem when he saw the fog roll in to the Chicago harbor.

    The fog comes
    on little cat feet.

    It sits looking
    over harbor and city
    on silent haunches
    and then moves on.

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  14. 12. The Spider And The Fly

    "The Spider and the Fly" is a poem by Mary Howitt (1799-1888), published in 1828. The story tells of a cunning Spider who ensnares a Fly through the use of seduction and flattery. The poem teaches children to be wary against those who use flattery and charm to disguise their true evil intentions. The gruesome ending in this cautionary tale is used to reinforce the important life lesson being taught.

    "Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly;
    "'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you may spy.
    The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
    And I have many curious things to show when you are there."
    "Oh no, no," said the little fly; "to ask me is in vain,
    For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

    "I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high.
    Well you rest upon my little bed?" said the spider to the fly.
    "There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
    And if you like to rest a while, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
    "Oh no, no," said the little fly, "for I've often heard it said,
    They never, never wake again who sleep upon your bed!"

    Said the cunning spider to the fly: "Dear friend, what can I do
    To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you?
    I have within my pantry good store of all that's nice;
    I'm sure you're very welcome - will you please to take a slice?"
    "Oh no, no," said the little fly; "kind sir, that cannot be:
    I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"

    "Sweet creature!" said the spider, "you're witty and you're wise;
    How handsome are your gauzy wings; how brilliant are your eyes!
    I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf;
    If you'd step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
    "I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you're pleased to say,
    And, bidding you good morning now, I'll call another day."

    The spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
    For well he knew the silly fly would soon come back again:
    So he wove a subtle web in a little corner sly,
    And set his table ready to dine upon the fly;
    Then came out to his door again and merrily did sing:
    "Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with pearl and silver wing;
    Your robes are green and purple; there's a crest upon your head;
    Your eyes are like diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!"

    Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little fly,
    Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
    With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer grew,
    Thinking only of her brilliant eyes and green and purple hue,
    Thinking only of her crested head. Poor, foolish thing! at last
    Up jumped the cunning spider, and fiercely held her fast;
    He dragged her up his winding stair, into the dismal den -
    Within his little parlor - but she ne'er came out again!

    And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
    To idle, silly flattering words I pray you ne'er give heed;
    Unto an evil counselor close heart and ear and eye,
    And take a lesson from this tale of the spider and the fly.

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  15. 13. Stout Sprout

    • By Hannah R. Soummers
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2020

    I grew up in a broken home, and I am very sensitive to my surroundings. I view the world in a poetic form. My childhood was like the death of a flower only to form a cocoon at the top for a butterfly to emerge. I have my wings now. I'm ready to fly.

    Staying Strong And Growing Into A Beautiful Person

    A sunflower will grow
    With much beauty to show,
    But the wind must blow,
    Which brings the rain and the snow.

    Shivering from the cold,
    Waiting for her leaves to unfold.
    Much too tender to hold,
    Although all her petals are gold.

    With roots in the ground,
    She won't make a sound.
    She feels she could drown,
    'Til the sun comes around.

    Standing strong with much height
    And a little darkness from night,
    She finds clarity in the light.
    Growing taller, for that she will fight.

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  16. 14. The Grandfather Clock

    • By James Sielschott
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2014

    If you are a glass half empty person, you will see the clock as forgotten and forlorn. If you are a glass half full person, you will see the clock as it has completed its task in life and can move on. Its family has grown and left the nest. Either way, the outcome is the same. The clock finds its final resting place as we all do. This poem represents my Grandfather (Navy man, depression generation, diagnosed with a bad heart).

    Grandfather Clock Watching Over Family

    In a dusty, dark corner of a very old house,
    sits the tall, wooden worn out clock.
    It has seen its share of memories and pain,
    keeping perfect time with a tick and a tock.

    From weddings to funerals, losses and gains,
    sorrows and days filled with fun.
    What once was brand new, through the passing of days,
    has wrinkled and faded by sun.

    With busy days past, the clock sits at its post
    as it has done for years before.
    The breezes from the front door, infrequent at best,
    cease moving across the wood floor.

    Tired now from its lifetime of work
    watching over the house, was this clock.
    As the sun now sets on another arduous day,
    the peaceful clock gives its last tick and last tock.

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  17. 15. Love Is Real

    Love has a way of changing. Love comes and goes, but when it comes, it changes your life. It can also make you lose yourself.

    Poem About All That Love Is

    Love is pure like a
    white wedding
    Love is honest and
    real like your heartbeat.
    Love has its own
    way of arriving like
    the seasons.
    Love makes you smile
    for no reason.
    Love is like your
    favorite flower,
    which covers the
    world with its
    Love is a remedy;
    It's joy for those
    wounded souls.
    Love is like a volcano;
    it's not apologetic,
    and it flows
    without resistance.
    Love is like fire that
    burns in the core
    of the earth.
    Love is a paradise
    where two hearts
    overflow with delight.
    Love is a beautiful
    Love comes and goes
    like your favorite song,
    wonderful when it begins,
    and sad when it
    Love is the light that
    shines on the dark
    Love is real and not
    It never tells when
    it arrives, and you can
    never know when it
    will go away.
    Love is a mystery.
    It's unseen but real,
    as the wind is not seen
    but felt.

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    Love is a many splendid thing,
    tho' love can also have its sting.

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  18. 16. Daydream

    The man in the poem is daydreaming about his youth and a love from long ago. He wonders if she still thinks about him. He longs for his youth while pondering his mortality.

    Reminiscing About A Love From Long Ago

    Where did all the flowers go?
    Falling leaves in colors show
    Spring is but a memory.
    Distant dreams come over me.

    Where do all the rivers flow?
    Autumn leaves in colors know.
    Yesterday is just a dream.
    Can you hear it whispering?

    I can feel the afterglow
    Of a time so long ago
    When the sun could only shine
    Beyond the shadows of my mind.

    Yesterday is just a dream.
    Can you hear it whispering?
    Love is but a memory.
    Distant dreams come over me.

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  19. 17. Fringed Lily

    • By Talia Baken
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2016

    This poem is about the longing to be free, to be able to be adventurous and explore the world.

    Wanting To Be Understood And Appreciated

    I gracefully bloom in July,
    Clothed in a delicate silk,
    Fringed with a delicate lace,
    Sprinkled with the color of milk.

    I desire to be free like the butterflies,
    Floating and fluttering where they please.
    I yearn to explore the world
    And be as adventurous as the bees.

    The wind blows me left and right,
    But I am rooted to the ground.
    The soil holds me prisoner,
    But I hope one day I'll be found.

    One day I may be discovered.
    Gentle hands may reach down,
    Free me from my prison,
    And admire my beautiful gown.

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  20. 18. The Mask

    I wrote this poem back in 1997, I just came across it while going through some papers. I hope that you enjoy it.

    Different Faces To Hide True Feelings

    I look in the mirror at the beginning of each day,
    and ask myself what mask should I place on my face today.

    No not the sad one it's too revealing,
    I don't want to show the world my true feelings.

    For the mask that you can see
    camouflages the true me.

    It's my public face that I remove each night,
    when I bare my soul the mirrors light.

    It's the one meant for only my eyes to see
    it speaks of all my history.

    It tells of my youth and girlish ways,
    my adolescents and my young woman's dreams.

    It tells of good times of which I had my share
    of love lost and pain so hard to bear.

    So I choose my mask so carefully,
    to cover the face that was given to me,
    the one that was meant for only my eyes to see.

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  21. 19. Harmony

    I grew up on a farm in the mid-west. Our neighbors were the same as we we were, Scotch, Irish, and English. I never knew what prejudice meant until we moved to California where there were many nationalities. I'm thankful for my original upbringing and never developed a prejudice towards those with different nationalities. It is so sad to see the hurt that it can bring. I tried to teach my children tolerance and understanding.

    The Need To Be More Tolerant

    Outside my window flowers bloom
    In a rampant disarray.
    They pay no heed to color schemes
    In their wonderful display.

    I thought I heard a pansy say
    In a low voice to a lily,
    "I simply do not understand
    Why human beings are so silly.

    They will argue about color,
    They will argue about size,
    They even seem to disagree
    About the shape of someone's eyes.

    Though we're crowded in together,
    There never seems to be
    Any sign of agitation,
    No disrespect that I can see."

    An ageratum said,"You know,
    Though I am low down on the ground,
    I never feel that I am less
    Than the tallest flowers around.

    It is too bad that people
    Cannot seem to realize
    They should listen to their hearts,
    Not just depend on ears and eyes.

    It would help them understand
    How much joy there then could be.
    Accepting everyone as equals
    Would give their lives sweet harmony."

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  22. 20. Splashes Of Color

    At times, life's trials and tribulations cast us into total blackness of night. However, when we take a few moments to ponder all the facets of our lives, we realize that life itself abounds with a multitude of colors. Each of these colors ultimately blends and reveals the beauty and essence of life.

    The Many Facets Of Life

    Flecks of blue
    Lavender delight
    Morning gold
    The black of night

    Lush green meadows
    Yellow rays of light
    Fire red glow
    Purple mountain might

    Silver birds soar
    White waves rise
    Alabaster clouds
    Baby blue skies

    Orange sunrise shimmer
    Mahogany forest lies
    Rich brown soil
    Mother Earth's prize

    Cotton candy pink
    Bright magenta strife
    Harsh jade moments
    Opalescence of life

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