I want an IKEA life with you. One with
Gifts untold. I want a life with one of those
Big rolly carts - piled high with things
That will make our lives maybe a little
More comfortable. I accept the challenge
Of IKEA assemblages. Later, I’ll be with
You and we’ll be half drunk and lingonberry
Pancakes will still be in our bellies.
We can debate glassware like the best of them.
The laughter of a bum wheel on a rolly cart.
Towel colors. Table lamps. How do we
Get back to the desks? Is this the way
To the bathroom fixtures? Where are we?
I want an IKEA life with you, sweetheart.
One without exit.
Jonathan Shipley was born and raised in the shadow of Mount Rainier in Olympia, Washington and now lives in Seattle.