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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Love is Like...99 Things

For Valentine's Day, put together a list of 99 metaphors for love. Here are a few of my favorites:

A Pilgrimage
Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
(Anita Brookner, interview with Olga Kenyon, 1989)

A Bull
Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.
(H.L. Mencken, A Little Book in C Major, 1916)

An Exploding Cigar
Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.
(Lynda Barry)

A Mental Disease
Love is a grave mental disease.

A Migraine
Love is a universal migraine.
A bright stain on the vision
Blotting out reason.
(Robert Graves, "Symptoms of Love")

A Crocodile
Love is a crocodile in the river of desire.
(Bhartṛhari, Śatakatraya, 5th century)

A Foreigner
Love is the bright foreigner, the foreign self.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1849)

This last one is, for obvious reasons, my favorite. And it was #88, the number of keys on a piano. I swoon.

And if that isn't enough for your Valentine's Day, also has 100 similes for the word "sweet."


Chris said...

One of my favorites from Harlan Ellison: Love ain't nothing but sex mispelled.


Jessica Goodfellow said...

Just like a man, Chris....