Sally Festing: Assembling An Ikea Bed

The secret – troops of silver screws,
washers, golden cogs, the hex key. Play
with pattern. Things click unless
the tension’s wrong. Hours slip away.

A bed wants satisfactory
scaffolding. You’re in pursuit of form.
Diagrams may assist. Persist. You need
the radio on to swing a brainstorm.

Head, foot, sides – what matters
is how tight the base is clamped. Unscrew.
The music stills. Know what you want
to make more nakedly. Swan off into

your imagination. If it’s a ‘king’,
lay down the spine, fling on mattress. Spin
a prayer. How can there be enough
love to last? You fall right in.