What would you use for such a simile? Two peas in pod? Something else? I liked this use of petals to signify people crowding in. Among others things it reminds me of a magnificent white peony we planted in our last garden (and will plant in our next?).
… there were many listeners, leaning down out of the air, crowded together as close as the petals of a white peony …
See another simile for something being or coming close, this one from Christopher Logue’s muscular rendition of Homer.
Source: Mary Webb, Precious Bane (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981), p. 237
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