The "mind game" is a lonely game
there are no opponents,
moved and manipulated,
extensions of the single player,
for awhile anyway.
But, pawns mature, get wise
and leave the manipulator,
to face the fact that without pawns
distraction fades, and self-awareness
moves right in.
Panic! The manipulator must find
a new distraction, a new
to obliterate the total and utter
blackness of the one remaining,
now isolated within.