Checkers and chess

How to topple the king which wears the crown so royally.
Moments and magnesium fill the place of diamonds and gems.
Wrapped in much Fools gold.
And the crown heaves down, rubbing red and raw.
Check
A life long lived with much regret.
Check.
How we turn the heels and fled.
To learn a life in which to lead, we watch the others.
Little eyes through holes in fences.
A voyeuristic violation, into their little galaxies.
That swirl and sway like the black in the white.
Changing from dismay, into delight.
And you take this horse by the reigns, and lead me through the forest.
Through the clearing of my ill begotten ways.
Out of the woods, out of the storm.
Peppering poppies that fill my lungs with such poisonous perspective.
And show me.
That I had been asleep all this time.

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18 thoughts on “Checkers and chess

  1. A journey through the voyage of self and escaping reality.
    I think for the most part, we all want to live this reality and swim through the cosmos
    and never think of time or fear, just fly and explore the billions of stars and visiting many planets.

    Brilliant written poem. This is how I felt about your work. Love it and one of my favorites of this year. πŸ™‚

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    • That’s great, i’m glad you were able to enjoy this one so much. I was playing with Wizard of Oz themes at the end, if you caught that. But yes, definitely the voyage of self…there’s much more out there than our own small little worlds.

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      • The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust

        It goes without saying – The voyage to self us leads to many unknown territories, that which creates worlds in our minds. Yes, I did catch the bit on Wizard of Oz, cleverly done and well interpreted. πŸ™‚

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      • Gotta love a bit of Proust. I wonder how far our imagination would go if we let it. Perhaps a circularity back to the beginning in our ‘remembrance of things past’ πŸ˜‰

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  2. ‘And you take this horse by the reigns, and lead me through the forest.
    Through the clearing of my ill begotten ways.
    Out of the woods, out of the storm.
    Peppering poppies that fill my lungs with such poisonous perspective.
    And show me.
    That I had been asleep all this time.’

    Oh love this poem and these lines! All those shiny knights…where did they go? That sneaky rook took them. I love how chess has inspired this piece. They do say life is like chess and you got learn how to play to successfully leave the board. Karma debts all removed. Great piece my friend! β€οΈπŸ–€ πŸ‘‘

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    • Yes, i have you to thank for this piece, both in the inspiration and topic (you might note the Wizard of Oz reference). Plus, thought you might like the artwork! Life is like chess…and i know we’re not the pawns!

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      • Welcome 😊 yes I did see the poppies in Oz reference and had a wave of glee. Artwork is really beautiful. Do you know the artist? God help us if we were the pawns.
        If you could be any piece what would you prefer?

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      • Actually the castle is called the rook. And that’s my favorite one too because it is sneaky and pretends to not be so important. Then I would say the queen. She is powerful.
        Oh wow! I like the thought of impermanence with flowers as the pieces. And would look really good on my table! A game should be done in a day unless you don’t mind the rotten flowers…lol I’ll check the pricing…and maybe one day.

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      • Hehe, glad we like the same one. and it is sneaky isn’t it. I thought yours might be the Horse for some reason. To be honest, that looked really easy to make yourself….and one with naturally creative hands! But would spend a fortune in fresh flowers, unless plastic ones (cue Radiohead).

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      • Oh i never thought about making one! I could make a ceramic one. And hell plastic flowers are okay…real ones only on special occasions πŸ˜‰…hehe Radiohead

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