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"Life is like a chess match To win you must be swift and able to maneuver Yes, life and the chess match are very much the same Once the king dies, no others continue the game"
The Pawn The shape of the pawn represents the lesser value of this piece The pawn in life stands for the fundamental of our being Our fundamentals can be evil or virtuous Some pawns are the “small stuff” and can be easily removed Some pawns like in chess symbolize bravery and sacrifice Pawns stand in front of the more important pieces of life Pawns can find promotion to higher rank if we let them Never underestimate the power of your pawns
The Rook The shape of the rook represents a castle It is the only piece that is a non-living thing Each rook is in a corner with the others inside The rook in life stands for our home A person’s home is their castle, it is their protectorate You can adorn the walls with gold and still not have a castle You can line the roof in cardboard and have a fortress It all depends on the love within the four walls
The Knight The shape of the knight is that of an elegant horse’s head The knight can attack or defend The knight can be good or evil The knight on the chessboard stands next to the rook The knight in life stands for your canine If the knight is your canine, your teaching controls if it is good or evil You teach it to defend or attack The knight in life resembles the character of its owner
The Bishop The shape of the bishop is short, and he is wearing a Mitre The bishop is one of the three human forms in the game The bishop in life stands for your spirituality The bishop is on either side of the king and queen The king and queen are the man and wife of the home In life, your spirituality should surround you
The Queen The shape of the queen is tall, and her curvature is much like that of the king The queen wears a crown displaying her power over the king The queen in life stands for the wife The queen/ wife listens to the king and advises the king The queen/wife is feared by the kingdom for they know her strength The queen/wife holds it all together The queen/wife/mother is the strength of the family
The King The shape of the king defines him The king has a wide base and is the tallest piece on the board The king is designed to display a hierarchy with a cross slotted into the top The king in life stands for the husband The king/husband is the leader of the family The king/husband depends on the queen for strength The king/husband moves forward and to the side avoiding destruction/failure Once the king/husband dies the game is over In life, once the king/husband leaves or passes on life changes for everyone The king has a responsibility to his kingdom/family
As in a game of chess, there are two opponents battling each other for control In life, the shape of these opponents is never unveiled The power of these opponents is strong Depending on which opponent we listen to determines our outcome In life, the opponents are Satan and God Each working on us, each putting their bishop to work on our hearts In life, it is not easy to decide which way to go or which step to take We must choose one opponent or the other and face the consequences In life, by our actions, we accept we are but princes and princesses In life, we follow the king of righteousness or the king of evil In life, we realize that we can win and it is not a game
10/30/2021
Written for Your Own Philosophy Statement Poetry Contest Sponsored by Chantelle Anne Cook

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Date: 12/5/2021 8:56:00 AM
I love this comparison of chess and life, Evelyn, well thought out and nicely done. I do disagree with one thing, I don’t think the queen/wife has power OVER the king/husband, she has power standing next to him. If she dominated him, he would not be a very good king/husband. Just my personal opinion. Congrats on your win in the contest. John
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Date: 11/10/2021 2:56:00 PM
Nicely done. Pawns win the game! Do you play on Chess.com?
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/21/2021 4:55:00 PM
My father played Chess. I dont play. I do love the game. Thanks for reading my poem. Evelyn
Date: 11/8/2021 7:44:00 PM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing this... for expounding your philosophy so wisely through your awesome poetic style... making me learn a lot today. God bless you.
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Date: 11/6/2021 7:58:00 AM
Congratulations on a trophy win. I enjoy chess a lot It can go on for many minutes, many hours or many days and nights. My favorite win is the fool's mate or the scholar's mate.
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/7/2021 8:27:00 PM
Thank you so much. My brother enjoyed that move as well. Evelyn
Date: 11/6/2021 1:58:00 AM
A beautiful long poem is full of philosophies such as: "Never underestimate the power of your pawns", "It all depends on the love within the four walls"; etcetera. Life is beautifully compared with the chess game. Congratulations!
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/7/2021 8:28:00 PM
Thanks, I tried to think about the chess pieces as real items and people. Thanks for the compliment your friend, Evelyn
Date: 11/5/2021 12:23:00 PM
Dear Evelyn, Your poem is wonderful! I particularly like your description of the queen :) Congratulations on your win!
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/7/2021 8:30:00 PM
Ann, lolol yeah I though the women would enjoy that description. It's TRUE, the queen/ wife is the back bone of the King. Evelyn
Date: 11/5/2021 10:52:00 AM
Wonderful metaphor of life drawn vividly as chess pieces in a chess game. This is very special, very creative and very unique Evelyn! Congratulations on your trophy win! So deserving. As Gary says CHECK!
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/7/2021 8:31:00 PM
Hi Sam, thank you. I look forward to your input on my poetry everytime. Evelyn
Date: 11/5/2021 3:08:00 AM
A wonderful poem: CHECK!
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/7/2021 8:31:00 PM
Hi Gary, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks
Date: 11/4/2021 2:30:00 PM
WOW!!! Congratulations on your win. What a creative and powerful story/write. I do not play Chess. I never learned the game. It sure sounds like life. Love your line "In life, the opponents are Satan and God." So very true. Have a blessed autumn day...................
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/7/2021 8:32:00 PM
Thanks and yes, Satan and God are always fighting for our loyalty. Your friend, Evelyn
Date: 11/4/2021 2:27:00 PM
Brilliant write. I haven't played chess very much, but understand the concept a bit. It's a wonderful poem and I'm happy it won. Congrats on the top win and God bless you... I'm following Jesus! Love, Gina
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/7/2021 8:33:00 PM
Hi Gina, thanks for reading my poem and for the comments. Looking forward to your next contest. Love, Evelyn
Date: 11/4/2021 2:12:00 PM
Yes, life is like a chess game. Think ,think, think on the next move you make it depends your life.. I have not being entering a lot of contest.. and this was one of them. Congratulations on your win. You put a lot of thought to this great write, Evelyn.
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/7/2021 8:35:00 PM
Hello my friend Eve, thank you for the compliment. Everyone loves the Nursery Rhyme book. You should be very proud of yourself. Keep writing, your friend Evelyn
Date: 11/4/2021 10:30:00 AM
Very well done. I love chess. I'm a one move at a time type player.. instead of 3 moves ahead. But a fun game none the less. Love the way you used the different pieces as a metaphor for life. A very worthy win and huge congrats on placing first.
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/4/2021 12:43:00 PM
Thank you Natasha. I remember my father playing chess when I was young. I actually learned so much about chess and how it attributes to life while researching for this poem.
Date: 11/4/2021 10:18:00 AM
Congratulations on your trophy win. Life is indeed like a chess match, we have to hope our teacher guide us to make the right decisions in the life, it's a crazy world we live in!
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/4/2021 12:44:00 PM
Thank you for the compliment. Yes, life is indeed like a chess match. Evelyn
Date: 11/3/2021 2:22:00 AM
Wow, fabulous! I am not a Chess player, but I love your deeply thought provoking philosophy statement, it is so well written. I choose Jesus as my King. At the end of the 'game' I can not wait to see Him crowned our King of kings! Thanks for writing this exquisite piece, it is amazing.
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Evelyn Swartz
Date: 11/4/2021 12:46:00 PM
BJ, Thank you for reading my poetry. I love to hear what other poets think of my work. I am Jewish however I chooses Jesus as my king as well. Yes, I am beautifully confused. Your friend, Evelyn