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Below is the poem entitled Checkmate which was written by poet Abdul Malik. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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This is it
I give up
I throw in the towel
I draw the curtains
I pull down the shades
I close the doors shut
The end;

No more haggling
No more beseeching
No more whining
No more whimpering
I'll call it a day,
Saddle sore
I am heading home
I am out of the race -
Get me off the grid.
I am done.

I am pulling the plugs;
I ran the gauntlet
Stop the earth
I am getting off -

I am just circling the drain -
Get me off this hamster wheel,
I am at the end of my tether,
I have just about seen
the last of the sunsets,
No more sunrises for me,
I am sitting fallow,
I am at the end of my rope
I am teetering on the precipice
I am hanging by the skin of my teeth
I am dying on the vine
I am ready to kick the bucket -
Uh...can someone
bring me a bucket please!

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  1. Date: 6/10/2013 9:30:00 AM
    Abdul, Congratulations with your nice winning poem ... xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 10:54:00 AM
    thank you for choosing my contest. Congrats! ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 8:24:00 AM
    The good thing is it can't get much worse than this. I hope the sun has broken through the clouds and you have witnessed some new possibilities.

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 5:25:00 PM
    Abdul,, Congratulation, with your featured poem of the week, have yourself a great day inspired by "YOU!" wishing you the best holidays 2 come ;-) always ~PD

  1. Date: 12/11/2012 2:13:00 PM
    Wow! I loved it. I love the wording.

  1. Date: 12/11/2012 9:25:00 AM
    Sounds like a bad day, Abdul, maybe a bad life. I had to chuckle at this fine effort of yours. Forgive me. daver