Today, this week, last week, and for a little while–
it as if we’ve been visited by the kindest of elves.
the most daring of professionals
who really know how to give.
What if a professional crawled into your space,
& deeming it worthwhile,
deeming you worthy & likable,
and not a disaster,
they wanted to help
& then they did?
what if they represented a larger entity
of design & culture
& they said, “Send us your measurements; we’ll get our team started,”
& then they did?
what if you sat around a round table
& over paper-cup lattes,
you met with renowned designers & honey-hearted photographers
all equally excited to get to work,
give you a window, a solid ladder into your dreams,
not even rickety?
and then you shopped together,
these acclaimed, kind-hearted spirits,
& every item placed in the cart
was an, “I just cannot even believe this”
and you didn’t even have to wait in line
or stay with them until 10:30 pm and then the trains…
but they sent you off to look at the sky
& all that glimmers
& your mom-in-law says, “I can’t believe this is my life”.
and then the day came
when everything was assembled
and one sweet wall behind the pillows
and all that was lousy, shoved-in, the best we can do for now,
for twenty years,
was resorted and made beautiful in new drawers
that match and mesh and fit like a glove.
and in come the photographers
in with everyone, love
in with soul
in with reputation that flies him round the world to shoot
chocolates and burgers and perfume and luxury
but he is with your family,
terrible hair, big arms, maybe bra showing
and love keeps showing up,
though your son is restless
and keeps needing tissues
and everyone is
in this place
where everyone has converged
saying, “Oh, it is so good”.
and they chat with your babies,
eat your ordered-pizza,
iron little pants,
and go round and round with incredibly funny jokes and
and champagne, too,
and when you say, “Cheers”,
everyone is saying it with you,
also with tears and a joy-overwhelm.
and it is good to be like family
with people who could pull-out your right socks on the first go,
those who know
where to find you again.
this is what the remarkable team at IKEA Live did for me
in my parents-in-law’s room.
they deserve startling applause and recognition of the heart.
The hardest thing is now—
We must not dare post anything online
before IKEA Live goes live & shakes the house
with more applause, renewed applause
the sound of wood snapping
under the weight of so much featherlight snow
that will by that time, have accumulated.
It is all just so exciting.