A parable can be loosely described as a short, fictional narrative that draws the reader into an insight concerning some aspect of faith and life. Parables often work best when they challenge commonly held attitudes and unmask the poverty of some widely held value. Parables are generally structured in a very simple and stark way, with a narrative that avoids any unnecessary detail that may detract from the central, evocative message.–Peter Rollins
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
–Henry David Thoreau
This is a lovely paradoxical way of drawing attention to a very important distinction between different ways of perceiving something. Thoreau points out that one may look at something and still not see it.
I found this handy link that might help you on your PPQ*: http://www.howtowriteaparable.com/
*Personal Parable Quest