Life is not a game of chess

You say it’s easy, in the way a game
of chess can be a choice of mate or draw,
you pray for victory and to my shame.
I wish for your defeat cause by our laws
you either win or lose; but if I say
it’s neither; that rules are often set
in such a way, we have to find the grey
between the black and white, and that my bet
is that a compromise can make us both
a winner and together we find growth.

Lucia, Minerva And Europa Anguissola Playing Chess by Sofonisba Anguissola

Lucia, Minerva And Europa Anguissola Playing Chess by Sofonisba Anguissola

Ten lines for Kerry at toads on the subject of choices and crossroads. I will link up at Poetry Pantry in the morning.

November 19, 2016

37 responses to “Life is not a game of chess

  1. This is such a brilliant extended metaphor! The rhyming is absolutely awesome. That, coupled with the wise content and form, brought to mind the clever, Puck (in A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Jester to the fairy king, Oberon). A super poem and apropos to the politics of black and white that the world seems to be moving towards.

  2. Well, it seems so hard to compromise in this day and age. Actually there are certain things that should not be compromised though, I have come to realize in this political season!

  3. Another wonderful mix of art and poetry – Alice asks – what about the Red Queen 😉 the mother’s dress made her think of her..and sometimes hard as we try to meet in grey.. red can be exciting

  4. the alternating of the rhymes creates the black and white of the chessboard on which you have written 10 marvellous lines

  5. For me those early games of chess were torturous–I didn’t understand that loss was a chance for someone else to shine. I thought I had to win to enjoy the game. Let me think about that a little in the grey light of your poem.

  6. where there’s a win/win solution, the games are at its finest. Nice write
    Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Standard today Bjorn

    much love…

  7. I agree with Wendy on this – it is a brilliant extended metaphor! it also reminded me of Miranda and Ferdinand playing chess near the end of The Tempest.

  8. Your poem makes me wonder how much compromise will be evident in our new U.S. political climate. I hope there is at least some.

  9. I always found chess too calculated and cold. I prefer card games, where one can use charm and luck. I completely agree with you, the chess-battlefield should transform into compromise, growing, sharing, learning.

  10. Old to new:
    What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
    We was robbed.
    There will be a next time (not sure where this one fits)
    The system is rigged..

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