Poetry is good for you

Mary Wollstonecraft, reading a book

Reading poetry is good for you
Like broccoli and sprouts
Like vaccinations
Like checking the pressure of your car tyres
Like removing the matted hair that blocked the plughole
Like jogging around the estate whilst wearing-in your new running shoes which you will probably never wear again
Like learning your multiplication tables and how to conjugate irregular French verbs
Like cleaning the filters on your vacuum cleaner
Like taking an interest in local democracy
Like defrosting your fridge
Like arriving early at work
Like polishing boots
Like ironing

Reading poetry is so good for you
That you’re forced to wonder
Why you don’t read more

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