Use the vocabulary and/or imagery from a game or sport. Ah – I remember those lessons teaching metaphor to teenagers and begining with the simple exercise: write a football match as if it were cookery; write a football match as if it were a war.
But all my sporting vocabulary deserted me – for ages the only phrase that occurred to me was from cricket: “silly mid-on”, which I have always loved, but which got me precisely nowhere.
In the end, I used snoooker. Maybe I will be able to play with this one and make it look more like a snooker game on the page at some stage:
I was sick of love that night we met
in Chorlton Snooker Hall.
But I took my cue from you –
Not even half, butt it would do.
You bent towards the baize
you took your stance;
thus, we began our dance.
You forced an angle;
feathered me into
kiss, double kiss,
doffed me your cocked hat. Gave me
the postman’s knock at the top of the table
I saw red.
and all the rest, till finally –
What a fluke! And that’s how
I was snookered.