phobia

Up in Flames

Up in Flames

Those familiar with phobias (and maybe especially those in possession of one or two) will, perhaps, take interest in this story.

“Fire and Ice,” Robert Frost’s meditation on the impending apocalypse, concludes with the assertion that ice might be an ending quite a bit nicer than fire. And yes, the irony is lost on no one (Frost, ice), but for the pyrophobic among us, the choice between fire and ice wouldn’t have required even a haiku’s worth of debate, much less nine whole lines . . .