Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! Two-Dimensional Dream - Poem by Michael Shepherd

If you called me 'two-dimensional', I guess
I'd go away and think about it - is he
insulting me and if so, how?

Though in a sense, all of us here in cyberspace
are two dimensional, to each other?

There's one time, though, when two dimensions
would be a blessing: like today,
when the cutely photographed brochure
for IKEA, the flat-pack furniture giant,
thudded through the letterbox
with its cosy nordic world as fresh and clean and scented
as a newly-built sauna just fired up;

then the two-dimensional me
could simply slip like a well-trained bookmark
between page 24 - 'a welcoming family room'
and page 25 - 'a bathroom to relax in'
with a pine-scented sigh of relief
that I wouldn't have to drive ten miles,
queue out of sight of the parking-lot just to get in,
then after checking what was out of stock,
go home and try to put the bloody thing together
despite the missing bolt.

You'll find me there on page 25,
under the artfully arranged bubbles, relaxing
in my carefree, blond and nordic way,
smiling the smug smile
of the sterile two-dimensional.

Comments about ! Two-Dimensional Dream by Michael Shepherd

  • (5/19/2005 12:28:00 PM)

    From one who's always stuck with the IKEA detail at home...
    Well done.


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  • (4/22/2005 11:39:00 AM)

    Oh, nightstand - it's American. I thought it was physiological. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/21/2005 4:19:00 PM)

    Check 'nightstand' in the dictionary, Hass, before you commit yourself (or anyone else) . But at your ideal lifespan, you'd be a moth? (Report)Reply

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  • (4/21/2005 2:35:00 PM)

    great and original analogy, Microsoft! i think in my next life, i'd like to come back as one nightstand.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 21, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, October 5, 2007

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