Time keeps on ticking – 50 metaphors

Writing Prompt Thursday (on a Friday): 50 Metaphors + a BONUS


Last time we did this, we built metaphors for the word DESIRE (yum!).

We’re going to build 50 metaphors for another abstract word today.

Build 50 metaphors for this word: TIME.

This is no average prompt – you will start with the usual stock images and you will end with several fresh, perhaps even original, images.

  1. The road to wrinkles
  2. Getting closer to Heaven
  3. Making memories
  4. Treasure not to be thrown away
  5. Unending road
  6. Infinite universe
  7. Passing of loved ones
  8. Renewed every day
  9. A gift from God
  10. Songs of old remembered
  11. Light bulbs bunt out
  12. Chipped fingernails
  13. Toddlers to Teenagers
  14. Toboggans to trampolines
  15. Flora to slush
  16. Snowflakes to sand
  17. Hopes to happiness
  18. Sandals to snowpiles
  19. Heartbreak to hope
  20. Faith to praise
  21. Forgiveness to freedom
  22. Smiles of yesteryear
  23. Outgrowing shoes
  24. Bills coming due
  25. Fading eyesight
  26. Rotary dial to touch tone
  27. Touch tone to Cell phone
  28. Cell phone to smart phone
  29. Black and white to colour
  30. Candles to nightlights
  31. Chaperones to one-nighters
  32. Despair to Grace
  33. Letters to email
  34. Ignorance to knowledge
  35. Hatred to harming
  36. Seed to mighty oak
  37. Dinosaurs to pet dogs
  38. Glaciers to bottled freshwater
  39. Raindrops to hurricanes
  40. Hurricanes to havoc
  41. Havoc to rebuilding
  42. Sugar to cookie
  43. Beans to coffee
  44. Sunrise to sunset
  45. The unstoppable
  46. The unbeatable
  47. The unending
  48. The friend of fate
  49. The enemy of age
  50. The moments we live for

PROMPT BONUS: Bump it up by expanding on 5 of your favorite metaphors.  You will be surprised at how quickly they can appear in your writing!

  1. The moments we live for are always running against time.
  2. Time brings ignorance to knowledge, settling the agitated to being blanketed in wisdom.
  3. God always, in time, will bring you out of despair to grace.
  4. My tongue delights in the gift of the glaciers to bottled freshwater.
  5. God used forgiveness to give me freedom.


I love and appreciate feedback. Feel free to let me know what you think. Bless you lots, Easter Ellen

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