Its April of 2020 and Day 19 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


Metaphor: The Scream

I am using the painting ‘The Scream’ for today’s metaphor. It is a composition from Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The Norwegian title for the painting done in 1893 is ‘Shriek’. The tormented face in the painting is one of the most iconic images of art symbolizing the anxiety.  Munch says he had been out for a walk at sunset while suddenly the setting sunlight turned the clouds blood red and he could sense an infinite scream passing through nature.


By Edvard Munch – National Gallery of Norway, Public Domain

I feel the image has layers. It has a depth in colors. It could be the nature screaming. It could be the scream of dead. It could be the scream of truth. It could be a scream in apocalypse.

I cannot pen a poem,
Put a rhyme,
I cannot do a prose,
Put a personification,
Of course,
I can scream!
I have my notes,
In my own language.

We all have been in that scream. It’s scary not because you scream. It’s scary because no one hears you scream.

11 thoughts on “Scream

  1. Oh, this is a wonderful post! For one thing, I’ve always loved the painting…and certainly I’m well acquainted with needing to scream (but not wanting the neighbors to call the police). You’re right–the scary part of the scream is the isolation, no one hearing and coming to help, comfort. Great job, PH!!


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