On my fifth birthday, my mom took a photo of me in my flowery dress; my hair was pulled back in a bun like a ballerina. Seated on my brand-new canopy bed, I felt regal, elegant, special. I had my white mary-janes on; only part of my face is visible in the photo. I remember trying to look like a princess in a tower as I posed, poised, enchanted by the sunlight from my window. I couldn’t help myself–besides the fact that I was five, anytime I sat or lay on my white canopy bed, I transcended reality. My bed was that pink cloud in the sunset, the island in the center of an ocean, the tower in a garden.
The private, royal ambiance created by the canopy bed was not simply the product of my overactive five year old imagination. These beds were in fact designed to provide feelings of regality and exclusivity. Canopy beds were originally created for nobility, to maintain privacy regardless of the servants the slept all around them (Crane and Canopy, Simply Beautiful).
With today’s highly respected field of interior design flourishing, the canopy bed continues to enchant and amaze me…
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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