Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, 17 August 2019

Sarah’s challenge

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.
Take redundancy.
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.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, 17 August 2019

  1. Sadje says:

    Office politics.

  2. That’s why I don’t miss working in an office.

  3. weejars says:

    Horrible! 😣 I hope the blabbermouth also found himself on “the list” before too long? Glad it all worked out for the best for you! Thanks for joining in the Saturday Mix

    • The entire staff was relocated department by department For me and many others it simply wasn’t practical to go with the job, and it was all transferred out of the country eventually anyway. I’m glad I took the pension package at 50, as when the bank was sold, they were only honouring existing pensioners. It’s my only income at the moment as the two annuities I have total £150 A YEAR!

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