Metaphor Dice Poetry: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM 12/30

This month, I’m tagging along with ChristieMargaretJoneMary Lee, and other writers to play with poetry for National Poetry Writing Month. I’ll be creating poems using haikubes, metaphor dice, magnet poetry, paint chips and anything else that catches my fancy.

Today, I rolled the metaphor dice and decided I could use any set of words that lined up on that first roll, not just the ones facing up. So I wrote down all six metaphors, careful not to shift the dice around. Then I looked over the metaphors to choose which one to start from today–and realized they kind of made their own poem. I played with the arrangement of lines, and the title is my own, but all six lines are the metaphors generated by one roll of the cubes.

your family is an accidental metaphor

happiness is a desperate songbird
home is a bootleg midwife
your mother is a broken mirror
my father is an impossible side show
memory is a burning promise
love is a backhanded kiss






4 responses to “Metaphor Dice Poetry: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM 12/30”

  1. margaretsmn Avatar

    I’ve never thought of using the other sides of the dice as well as the one facing up and to build the whole poem with each metaphor. I always feel compelled to explain the metaphor in the rest of the poem. I like the bravery of this, leaving interpretation to the reader. Your family is an accidental metaphor is the perfect title.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’m not sure it would work with the other red die, but I did like how it turned out here. I was just trying to think of other ways to use the dice than what I had already done, which is use the metaphor for the first line and then explain.

  2. readingteachsu Avatar

    isn’t it the truth? The dice are eerily accurate.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I thought this definitely worked to describe a certain kind of family! And maybe how we all feel about our families sometimes!

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