poem: unlike things
simile: a figure of speech comparing two unlike things, often introduced by like or as.
metaphor: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them.
— Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
life is like a simile
i compare yours to mine
pretending they should be the same
why aren’t you more like me?
life is a metaphor
if i see the world through your eyes
if i walk a mile in your shoes
who will meet me when i arrive?
life is a deep snow-covered hillside pasture
at twilight as the first stars appear,
where dozens of laughing dogs leap and run in circles