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The Composer

“Making eye contact with adults while dressed as a clown is risky.” —Douglas Coupland

clown noseThe composer of* writes like a half-wit in a think tank.

“Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another’s wit.” Christian Nestell Bovee

He acts like a flaming stick of wax on a silvered pane of glass.

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” —Edith Wharton

He plays the fool for life’s defining metaphors—except those which make one think it is time that takes wing when they’re having fun.

“Time is making fools of us again.” —J. K. Rowling

Metaphorically speaking, he composes a true tall tale of infinite scope—boundless and timeless as an ageless mariner’s memoir-in-progress.

“Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story.” —Don Miguel Ruiz

The boat he is in is propelled by imagination, so it goes over the top.

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” —John Muir

But he only goes off the deep end for priceless treasure.

“Dive into a sea of thought, and find there pearls beyond price.” —Moses Ibn Ezra

To keep his craft on an even keel, all metaphors are anchored in reason, between the lines, by the thoughts of more-or-less rational minds.

“I have just got a new theory of eternity!” Albert Einstein

For making eye contact with oneself, says one who risks playing its fool, the language of imagination is a godsend.

“The metaphor is perhaps one of man’s most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.” —José Ortega y Gasset 

As the ruler of the whole nine yards, and the stylus of all she wrote, metaphor charts his course on the voyage of life…in the same boat with humanity’s top bananas.

“God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.” —Voltaire

*Edward N. ‘Ed’ Shapiro arranges his and others thoughts, words and images into the thematic compositions published at

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