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Creative Fridays: Chess

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With Netflix’s House of Cards having returned on Valentine’s, Dan Squire’s poem is a timely reminder that all’s to play for in love and war.  

 

Invited to his house again,

We sit together for lunch,

Then out comes his set,

Hand carved.

His smile shifts.

I can’t resist the opportunity.
A white pawn falls and he wipes away my fingerprints.

Meticulous.

Offers up his child for slaughter, I avenge.

Now cornered, I see the future he planned.

He seduces his way past each defence,

Cleansing his returning subjects with a handkerchief.
Another clinical conquest

In a portfolio of easy wars.

My finger leaves no grease on his wooden pieces

And I leave no blemish on his reputation.

 

Dan Squire

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