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A Chair from IKEA

by Anna Rossman, 2020

Life is like purchasing a chair from IKEA

One you must assemble yourself

Carefully open the box

Thousands of tiny parts tumble out

You scan the scattered segments.

But the most vital component is lost-

The instructions!

You resort to the risk of building it rouge

Dinner, a shower, the Office reruns can wait

3 hours whiz by and you’ve managed to

Hammer a measly nail or two

You sink in the sea of segments and screws

Until you tentatively peek in your box

The precious papers

Give a golden glow in your grasp

Happiness settles in your heart

Until you read the instructions…

But you can’t…

Because they are written in German