This Great Stage

The way he tells it, it sounds like this guy
invented the spring’s first breeze, you know? Air
to breathe, the wind to fly on, atmosphere
incarnate:  his kingdom is like a kite,
so callow, incongruous on the ground.

Indeed, it’s one enormous piece of steel.

It’s bent, held taut by thin steel cords,
shaped like a huge kite, like it could fly. Like
it could fly to the moon and back. ‘So the deaf
can hear it sing,’ he says. He plays a chord.
‘So the blind can see it fly…’

It’s like I’m standing next to the space shuttle.
Somehow you want to shout, but can’t. You can’t
be heard. Even its silence is a palpable thing.

When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools…

Published by extrasimile

define: extra: excess, more than is needed, required or desired; something additional of the same kind. define: simile: a simile is a type of figurative language, language that does not mean exactly what it says, that makes a comparison between two otherwise unalike objects or ideas by connecting them with the words “like” or “as.” The reader can see a similar connection with the verbs resemble, compare and liken. Similes allow an author to emphasize a certain characteristic of an object by comparing that object to an unrelated object that is an example of that characteristic. define: extra: an minor actor in a crowd scene

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