Wednesday, September 14, 2011

spoken inside the head

I tackle the pawns to the ground
the rook runs backward
I move forward with ease
it is like a movie you know
where pictures overlap
I may work for the king
but I covet the queen
she ignores me in the day time
yet night's distractions make her close
I might have taken to the robes
you don't understand my secret desire
the pace is slow or fast,
let the queen decide
as I don't care for omissions

"I like to see things from cock-eyed perspectives
slithering up the diagonals"
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I don't take credit for the last line. I edited it just a bitIt came from someone who creates pictures for us, where the beauty and ugliness of the world go hand in hand. He makes sure we understand. I can't name him here but he will know when he reads my poetry.......

21 comments:

Sheilagh Lee said...

beautiful poetry

barbara said...

Whoever's responsible, I like "slithering" in this context. neat take on both the game and the Game.

irene said...

Well that's one lark of a poem.

mareymercy said...

Very clever! I love this.

me_duress said...

very clever, indeed!

springcycle said...

I really like the strong chess imagery running through this poem. Great stuff! I also like the thought that in addition to speaking to us, there's a specific nod to someone who will know who they are when they read it.

nan said...

Creative and fun. I love it: the angst of a chess piece with a secret desire. (If I knew chess better, I would know which piece you were talking about!) Well done!

oldegg said...

Intriguing scenario especially the dangerous lust after the queen. Great to visualise.

Bethe77 said...

It seems like the King and Queen battle over who is in control. I love how you depict them both and how this person is draw to the Queen over the King. Who is in control?
Great write
Blessings

Alice Audrey said...

Ooooo, a racy one. Nice. :)

ravenswingpoetry.com said...

I'm not sure which piece is speaking this...the Knight? The Bishop? Either way, I read unrequited desire in these lines. Nicely done.

-Nicole

Laurie Kolp said...

I can most certainly relate to the mind's royal ball... = )

Daydreamertoo said...

What a fabulous picture you painted, in words.
Really, very beautiful.

flaubert said...

Gautami, I am not sure which chess piece you are referring to, but this is a wonderfully penned poem.

Pamela

Uma Gowrishankar said...

Love this poem, Gautami.

luminair said...

Ah, the strategy of chess, the strategy in life. Sometimes we plot our encounters with people as we would plot strategy for a game. Lovely imagery! Thanks for sharing!

vivinfrance said...

A brilliant interpretation of the game. I too like to look sideways at life, and slithering up the diagonals sums it up beautifully, whoever wrote it!

The Cello Strings said...

wow,
chess, what a smart move in writing about it.

:)

Bone said...

Clever and original! Just perfect, really.

Ann LeFlore said...

This is so clever and such a great poem thanks for sharing
http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/09/19/my-world/#comment-972

ds said...

I agree. Very clever, with an undertone of need. Thank you.