What metaphors should I use to describe an elderly man's face?

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To really nail this down, think about what kind of elderly man you're talking about. Is he wise, like an old tree or an owl? Or is he slack and tired, like an old shoe? 

Is his skin deeply wrinkled, like a raisin or a walnut? Or is does it have thick, deep lines like carved wood?

Is he smiling and content? Frowning and sad? Think about your character, picture him in your mind, and then think about what the picture reminds you of. Have fun with it!

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The easy way would be to describe some physical features: wrinkles, bags under the eyes, moles, etc. But more challenging to the creative impulse would be to catch in metaphor (or in similes—“like”) the experience, the accumulated wisdom, the understanding of human nature, etc. Try something like “In his face was a roadmap of the life’s journey his years had taken him on.” Or “The travelogue of his wisdom could be read in his tired eyes." Or "His face was an introduction to the biography of a hero."  Physical metaphors, probably worn-out clichés by now, would be some variation on “His craggy cheeks, his limpid pools of eyes, his teeth a rotting fence, his chin multiplying into chins.”

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