One of my closest friends is getting married. I decide to write her a poem for the occasion. Casting about for a suitable metaphor, I come up with the idea of comparing the months leading up to the wedding to a river. I pack in a whole bunch of water images - talk about springs, and streams, and rivers and waves, etc. etc.
So what happens? Bombay, where my friend lives and is getting married, gets flooded. What's the bet that she's going to appreciate a poem that compares her wedding to large, flowing body of water now?