Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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Dumb Metaphors Speak

I love to make metaphors. But much of my intellectual development has consisted of learning when not to make them. Every day I come up with ones that I reject for being too risky. What I'm starting to realize, though, is that the rejects frequently have more power in them than they ones I permit myself to voice. Sometimes it seems that the dumber the metaphor is, the more likely it is to call forth interesting trains of thought. Failure has a way of succeeding where success falls short.

Since I'm in the middle of a long, exhausting struggle to find a voice I'm willing to prefix with the first-person singular possessive pronoun, I've decided that I'm going to make an effort to redeem some of the metaphors I would otherwise reject here in the one place I do not hesitate to call my own. The filter is hereby switched off.

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