This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of METAPHOR. Our challenge is all about the use of metaphor in our writing. You will need to use the metaphor provided in your response – which can be poetry or prose.
Our metaphor this week is:
– Don’t shoot the messenger.
Nobody likes to hear bad news, and nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news.
There were rumours but nothing concrete, and the bosses denied it.
It was the evening of the office Christmas Party and conversation was buzzing. That’s the trouble with the office party, people only know how to ‘Talk Shop’ and on the list that night was redundancy.
‘How do you feel about being made redundant in the New Year?’
This from someone in a different department, totally unrelated to the jobs being discussed.
If looks could kill, the enquirer would have shrivelled on the spot or spontaneously combusted.
‘Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger Pal! It’s common knowledge you’re all being put out to pasture next year.’
‘Well it’s not common knowledge to me mate, and I bloody work there!’
There followed a very heated debate , and although it never actually came to blows, it was pretty damn close.
One of the Big Bosses was then dragged into the conversation and asked to confirm or deny the topic.
He coughed, reddened and looking daggers at the blabbermouth, said it was true but the news should not have been released until Monday.
‘Messenger’ slinked away and joined the list of redundancies having divulged delicate information prior to those concerned being advised.
I suppose you could say he shot himself in the foot.