To me something is truly poetic and meaningful when expressed in metaphors. For example, take songs. I typically don’t care for straight forward lyrics. I love songs where the words relate to something else instead of the exact phrasing used. I’m the same way about poetry and (big surprise) photography. When I make a picture I’m usually trying to reference something metaphorically. Yeah, uh.. I’ve missed that goal or target way more times than I’ve hit it, but it’s still my intention.