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Kings And Castles -

Everyone had a unique reason for playing the Game
as we find different means for surviving Life
until the proper seconds of Death come stomping by with insistence,

some want intellectual respect shown with agitation in the opponent's eyes,
others crave the anxiety of prognostication 
like gladiators uncertain of how to strike,
people commence the battle because they have something to prove
as Bobby boldly reproved the Soviets
on their asinine assumptions of superiority,

regardless, all who touch the Board want desperately
to understand the Game,
it's rituals, it's spirits,
the possibilities alive & haunting the 64 squares,
to honestly provide a homage of mind to History and to invention,
as if the nature of Chess is a dream of God's,
a subconscious engineering of grappling wants & needs,
of fears & hopes, of bravado & caution,
32 weapons arranged handsomely for the express channeling
of the Divine creative compulsion of Providence itself,

geometry made grand & gallant,
a homicide of honor performed in the pressure of an hour,
all skilled players realise at some point
that quality brinksmanship ascends over the voice of victory
and can be reduced to the amazing beauty
of integrating logical processes with artistic allure,
misdirection a linchpin of the Master's ancient algebra,
momentum the indispensible monarch of strategy,
without it one is dictated,
mating nets, positional play, tactical moves,
a temple devoted to timeing -


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  1. Date: 3/7/2014 4:38:00 PM
    what a grand tale J.A.B. fantastic pen hugs

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 3/8/2014 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks alot Shaodow, I'm happy that I was capable of honoring the great game and art of chess, and the great Bobby Fischer too, in the larger message of this composition. J.A.B.
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 10:58:00 AM
    I agree we all have different ways of approaching and surviving the game. Justin, Much coming forward from any tragedy, not figured or analyzed properly. xox..Linda

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 1/22/2014 12:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A great man once said, in a truly American way, " never give up baby, never give up..." you may really enjoy the success story of a woman named Ronda Rousey, shes a fierce champion, like you Linda. Her story, like yours, really gets me amped!!!!!! J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 7:30:00 PM
    Well, every great challenge or worthwhile game we choose to play in life is an exercise in survival... the use of Chess as a metaphor is fantastic :)

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 8/29/2013 3:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A classic metaphor indeed Karen, and thus a great artistic and intellectual challenge for my mind - my writing career would be incomplete if I did not pay homage to this legendary game - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 5/11/2013 11:33:00 PM
    So then checkmate..' i wonder how many people are playing it at this moment Justin?? thought to stop by and 'check you out' L O L Joe..)

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 5/13/2013 1:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Joe - no resignation yet - I would opine that at this moment not enough peole are enjoying the benefits of the Game my friend - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 5/11/2013 9:51:00 PM
    Hi Justin, haven't seen you around... stopping by to wish you a very nice Mother's Day. Lots of Luv & Hugs *Linda"

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 5/13/2013 1:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for being a 'dream come true' Linda - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 4/25/2013 5:14:00 PM
    I tried to play chess a few times, but I can never move the pawns as creatively as you do with your writing, I have a mental picture of you sitting on a bridge, playing chess with your adversary, and the river runs through beneath you, and the sky is blue above you, have a nice evening, write more of this xxx

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 4/27/2013 2:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I thank you Mystic for your generous praise - your vision is special to me - I'll try to find this august spot my friend - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 4/23/2013 7:30:00 PM
    Really awesome poem here! My uncle is an exceptional chess player--as such an exceptional poem about the game. This is different and truly rewarding to read. Always, Laura

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner
    Date: 4/24/2013 2:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you veery much Laura - I'm elated that a young woman appreciates this Game and metaphor - chess is primarily an Art Form, competition and careers that ensue are simply amusing - J.A.B. %