He thought the land too poised

When the boy in dog pants thought of ash trees
and poplar trees growing in the forest,
he thought the land too poised.
When he thought the land too poised,
he set pots of fire to burn among the trees.
They set the forest on fire.
He thought: Amazing, really,
to hear the pine trees scream
with what could be almost their own language—
for a fire can be like a dreaming of names
reflected backward
—more like afterthoughts
than serious reflections—
so that the boy in dog pants,
intent on laughing at our foolishness,
appears to jump into the very flame
he is in fact fleeing.

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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