failed metaphors






Shimanami Tasogare

It is an amazing manga with an almost entirely LGBT+ cast and talks a lot about gender identity, sexuality and troubles faced by those within the LGBT+ community (especially for younger members). Also it is fucking BEAUTIFUL.

Kamatani Yuuki’s use of imagery and visual metaphors never fails to take my breath away.

Please just read the damn manga.

that big iron ball you’re carrying around that embodies your life stresses?  it’s gonna get heavy, and guess what you’re going to drop the ball.  that’s fine; let it roll, give yourself a breather and then when you’re ready pick it back up.  you don’t have to be strong all the time, so don’t try to be.

mangal sri guru gobind singh

dhan guru gobind singh.
this is one of the most moving pieces of literature I have ever come across..this kabit by mahakavi santokh singh on the 10th guru really shows the kind of love sikhs have for their guru. the poem describes maharaj’s physical appearance in such an enchanting way, the english translation doesn’t do it justice at all, for some of the braj motifs and metaphors just fail to translate over…

ਕਟਿ ਸੋਂ ਪਟ ਤੇਗ ਨਿਖੰਗ ਕਸੇ,
ਮੁਖ ਮੰਦ ਹਸੇ ਚਮਕੇ ਕਿ ਛਟਾਹੀ॥
ਮੁਕਤਾ ਗਰਿ ਮਾਲ ਬਿਸਾਲ ਬਨੀ
ਸ੍ਰਮ ਆਨਨ ਸ਼ਿਆਮ ਭਲੀ ਉਪਮਾਹੀ॥
ਹਿਤ ਸੋਂ ਤਮ ਸੋਮ ਕੇ ਪਾਸ ਬਸਿਉ
ਮੁਖ ਪੰਕਜ ਪੈ ਮਧੁ ਪੁੰਜ ਸੁਹਾਹੀ॥
ਅਬ ਆਨ ਕੀ ਆਸ ਨਿਰਾਸ ਭਈ
ਕਲਗੀਧਰ ਬਾਸ ਕੀਉ ਮਨ ਮਾਂਹੀ॥
- ਕ੍ਰਿਤ: ਭਾਈ ਸੰਤੋਖ ਸਿੰਘ, ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸੂਰਜ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ

with a sheath tied to his waist,
he wears a smile as bright as lightening.
he wears a necklace of pearls,
the dark of his beard is beyond comparison; it rests on his face as if a group of bees are gathered on a lotus, or as if darkness has gathered around the moon.
when such a guru has made his abode in my heart, who else can I long for?
- bhai santokh singh, sri suraj prakash granth

A Temple Is (Not) A Body

“Would you color on the temple?”

It’s a question we all heard as children and/or teenagers in the church. And the answer was always a clear and obvious “no.”

But whether it follows that I should clearly and obviously not get a tattoo is, well, much less clear and certainly not obvious.

No, I wouldn’t color on the temple, but the temple has plenty of embellishments (dare I say even unnecessary ones?) and dozens of paintings hanging on its walls. And as long as we’re being metaphorical, I can equate something like a tattoo with a stained glass window.

Unlike my body, a temple is not a biological entity that can be “altered” from its “natural” form.

Now, like most metaphors, “your body is a temple” does not work both ways: “a temple is a body” does not mean the same thing, and yet it—not “your body is a temple”—is the basis for the original question above.

To illustrate how well this reversed metaphor doesn’t work, I offer the following. Would you…

…poke holes in the temple?

No, but a single set of piercings in one’s ears (if one is female) is perfectly acceptable, according to President Hinckley.

…put clothes on the temple?

No. The closest you can get here metaphorically is…carpet? Maybe?

…high five the temple?


…kiss the temple?

Heavens no—that would be idol worship, right?

…hold hands with the temple?

Now you’re just getting ridiculous.

…feed the temple?

Well, no, but…care for?

…have sex with the temple?

Of course not. And yet sex is something you’re supposed to do with your body (after you’ve been married…in the temple…).

So, shockingly enough, you can’t determine the morality of an action relating to your body based on whether or not you would perform said action on a temple.

Because that would be nonsense.


The Maine // HOB // 3.23.15

1. 0:00 // Sad Songs
2. 0:27 // English Girls
3. 1:21 // Inside Of You
4. 1:31 // Miles Away
5. 2:00 // My Hair (New)
6. 2:11 // “I don’t know, We… We’re fortunate, man.”
7. 2:21 // “You sucked the wind out of my metaphorical fail!”
8. 2:31 // “Get away from me!” (Garrett kissing John’s cheek)
9. 2:40 // Into Your Arms

Followers: if somebody makes you sad, upset, and ashamed all of the time, do not date them. Do not even be friends with them if you can possibly avoid it. You deserve to have people in your life who make you happy instead of making you feel like shit.