I have a subtle one that I'm particularly proud of in my current work.
Gabriel is very good with other people's problems, and has sorted out his best friends relationships. What he can't do is sort out his own personal life, and his friends often describe it as a mess - "He's a mess underneath the mask he wears."
When he gets stabbed by a makeshift weapon the doctor in the hospital "peeled back the pad and looked at the bloody mess underneath". The Doc it literally looking inside Gabe. Yes I'm describing the wound literally, but underneath the cotton pad in general is a bloody mess.
Do the job in front of you.