I just heard, while listening to one of those folky NPR weekend music programs on the radio, the following lyric:
“Sunlight comes through the open window like a long lost friend.”
This line really caught my attention, because it occured to me that it just might not be a fair description. How accurately could this metaphor describe a ray of sunlight? After all, doesn’t each lost long friend climb in through an open window in a different way? How, then, am I to understand what kind of sunlight this particular simile means to describe?
Maybe there’s something I’m missing. Maybe there is some kind of common cultural experience of long lost friends climbing through open windows that brings a foundation of understanding to this song.
So, come on and help me understand the symbolism in this lyric, readers. When you see one of your long lost friends, a person you haven’t seen or heard from in ages, climbing through a window that you’ve left open in your house or apartment, what kind of feeling does that give you? Then, what kind of sunlight gives you that same feeling?