strange to think that one day
the checkerboard is one way
it looks the same. the team names are
the only things that change

I call red
Blood is easier to see
red looks more like me
black on white looks like
the enemy
but when the calculated jump
over my spot occurs
it’s twice as embarrassing

I justify this sting
with small, smug thinking
even though its just the same,
when I am king
I look like twice a taller queen

Maybe such silly fantasies
will help me take the board with ease;
for no one’s standing in the wings
to helpfully whisper strategy…

DH
2010

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