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A Game of Chess..... (Repost from #1)

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Andrew Scott
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0 posted 01-19-2000 01:33 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Andrew Scott

In the summer of my seventh year my grandfather, Pepe, taught me the stratagem of Chess. Many were the lessons learned about the game and about life in general. I was sixteen when I finally got the last word in. I wish it never had happened.  This one's for him and everyone who plays the game.

Sixty four squares, eight to a side
A checkered land where armies collide
Thirty two pieces, half of them yours
Sixteen a set ready to wage war
The Pawn, fodder for the attack
Takes courage within the pack
The Rook, a castle of defense
Patrols the lines, guards the fence
The Knight, galloping the land
It matters little barriers they plan
The Bishop, most pious of pieces
Slashes too the farthest reaches
The Queen, beware Her royal might
She'll travel abroad, wherever the fight
The King, well He is the prize
And that's where victory lives, and dies

"Forward," the call
The front rank responds
Into no-mans land
Maneuver the pawns

Establish the line
Set and brace
Thrust and parry
Face to face

Shore up the line
Commit the cavalry
Worry the flanks
Check their savagery

Draw out the enemy
Find the flaw
Was that an opening?
A feint, that's all

Roll the cannons
Blessed by the priest
Concentrate fire
For soon they'll feast

Now secret the King
Safe in his castle
Bordered by men
He'll brook no hassle

A play for the center!
First blood is drawn
Sacrifice little
Only a Pawn

Sweep them aside
The opposing force
Capture another
Charge the horse

Throw down the gauntlet
Challenge the fight
Commit the forces
Here comes their Knight

With lowered lances
The two do meet
And in the end
They both loose seat

Now comes the Queen
To command the field
With council in tow
The Bishop she'll wield

"Beware," pickets report
Enemy in sight
Probing the flank
Protect the right

Shift in defense
A fatal move
Loss of position
A piece to remove

Rethink the attack
Consider defense
To late
There's a hole in the fence

Recall the armies
Surrender ground
Where's the Queen?
She's also gone down

The church is a loss
So is the state
The King's position
A foregone fate

The enemy gathers
Storming the castle gate
To utter one word
"Checkmate"

© Copyright 2000 Andrew Scott - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 01-19-2000 01:40 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Just as fresh a reading as the first time, thanks for the repost.  But now I hasten to ask, did you leave bitter words between your grandfather and you? If so, I am sure he has forgiven you since...

 Sunshine
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Andrew Scott
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2 posted 01-19-2000 02:03 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Lady Sunshine: Thank you for your response... it is much appreciated.  As for my grandfather and I, no ill words were ever spoken between us. The reference to "last word" was that I finally managed to defeat him in a game of chess. I believe he was somewhere in his late 70's at the time and he wasn't playing as sharp as he use to... blatant mistakes in his game showed his mind wasn't as young as it once was.   Old age was the real victor in that game... and my statement was against that inevitable march of time.  It was also one of the last times we were ever able to play together as we were separated by about 2000 miles.  

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3 posted 01-19-2000 02:55 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Wow!! I'm not sure I've read this Scott, can't imagine forgetting it if I did....it's wonderful. I love the game of chess, I taught myself at age 10, play too little to suit me and am not that good at it, but have fun anyway.  
Andrew Scott
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4 posted 01-19-2000 06:59 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Lady Hoot:  Me thinks you were not part of our fellowship when first I posted this piece.  Glad you enjoyed.  I too do not get enough opportunity to play... but I plan on teaching my daughters when they are a little bit older.
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5 posted 01-19-2000 07:31 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Sounds like you and your grandfather had a great relationship. I have tried but can't grasp the game of chess, but I admire those smart enough to be able to! Wonderful poem!
Andrew Scott
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6 posted 01-20-2000 02:54 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Lady D... thanks for looking in.  The game itself is pretty easy to play... its the stratagy that's a but kicker.  But hey, different strokes for different folks. Thanks again.
Nan
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7 posted 01-21-2000 07:10 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is one of my favorites from OP#1... I'm glad you reposted it.... Thanks Andrew...
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8 posted 01-21-2000 07:51 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Andrew-

I thought I'd been 'rooked'
by not seeing this piece ...
but I hadn't entered
the playing ground when you
first posted it.
This 'queen' bows to the 'king'
I grasped the saddness of
your first and final 'checkmate'
with your grandfather. However
I can imagine that he was pleased
you had finally mastered the game.
~*Marge*~



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