Best Simile

Literary writing often flows with similes and metaphors.  Also, not so literary writing.  And, of course, poetry.  Here is the best simile I’ve yet encountered, and it comes from the pen of a critic, not a “creative” writer:

“…tombstones cried out of the earth, like teeth around a scream.”

This is from John Leonard upon visiting the Jewish Cemetery in Prague.  (He was writing about Vaclav Havel, a poet and playwright, as well as Czechoslovakia’s last president and the Czech Republic’s first president.)

What is the best simile you’ve ever read, or written?  And what do you think of my assertion that the writing of critics, as critics, is not “creative?”

2 thoughts on “Best Simile”

  1. Steve: my two favorite similes are both romantic:
    Walter Benton in “This Is My Beloved” a collection of love poems wrote: ….”compliments become you as tinsel becomes a tall, snow covered cedar in a mountain cedar wood.” Meaning of course that both are superfluous.
    My other favorite simile is also not from a “critic” but a former love who wrote: “Our love is like a desert flower….it bloomed quickly, and just as quickly, died.”
    Yes, I agree with your assertion.

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