I'm trying to imagine the context in which a mother might have said these things
My mother teaches me to be afraid of everything. This poem speaks in a metaphorical way about the wide scope of her fears. I am considering accepting a male tenant (who I do not know) as someone who may rent the studio space next to my house and she is terrified.
oh dear ... good luck with all that!
Thanks Kit, I hope this explained the context of the poem. It is always great to have questions asked about one's writing.
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