"The hair follicle is like an onion bulb that grows underground but sends its offshoots above ground. The health of the offshoot mirrors that of the bulb. When the bulb is healthy the offshoot is robust; when it is sick the offshoot is sick; and when it dies the offshoot disappears."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.