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Checkmate
 
This game of kings
practicing for war
has nothing to do
with the heart
It is entirely
a game of the mind.
 
But you, my challenger,
who say you will move according to
all the ancient rules
move awry, and I
unprepared
am forced onto uncharted battlefields
 
where black becomes white
and all my valuable pieces
are captured by deception
and scattered in total disarray
across the battlefield
where I am slain.
 
Carolyne Butler
(Copyright © 2000)