Metrophobia is a fear of poetry! How can you be afraid of poetry? Sometimes people get upset that they don’t understand a poem’s layers or subtle (or totally obtuse) meanings, sometimes it’s teachers who insisted poems meant one thing and you didn’t agree and argued “but how do you KNOW that’s what they meant?” (That was me!) and sometimes, by fearing a teacher and having to learn 10 or 20 lines for the next day makes you miss the beauty of what you are learning and just remember the fear   I had one teacher who made me fear poetry and another who made me fall in love with it: thankfully I had that balance!

Whatever you learned back then, unlearn it – read it for yourself.  Find your own meaning and beauty and wonder….





Fast Fashion


Our MP’s started to talk about this. Then this article on how a whole sea has disappeared because of “fast fashion.”  Throwaways that mean our rivers and lands are polluted, more fuel used than all the maritime shipping and international air traffic COMBINED, clogging our landfills. And that’s before the horrendous costs to people involved in producing it. So we can buy it cheaply. Heartbreaking