This is War

These are not wars,
These are not soldiers.
These are games,
These are pawns.
Pit against one another by Kings, Queens; their Bishops and their Rooks.
Hiding, yet again, behind what they took.

Look not to the knights in armor,
Which shine with none other than reflection,
Of those faces who grimace and wince behind iron,
Only to be diffracted into the shields of another’s cast.

Tyranny once beheaded by the behemoth of forfeiture,
Now thrives cringing at the sight beneath its hand.
As black and red trickles in cubic matrimony,
‘Tween those who choose others to fall flat in their own game.

Choose your wars,
Choose your soldiers.
For this is but a game,
We are the pawns pit against one another;
Locked with useless ebony and ivory keys,
To perform for the royal court, yet again.


Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 3/31/2018 12:52:00 PM
A well-organized poem, really like the way you used chess to get your point across.
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Brendan J. Simons
Date: 4/18/2018 11:42:00 PM
Thanks, Susan!
Date: 3/29/2018 8:11:00 PM
Hi, Brandan, welcome to Poetrysoup. Love your take on this, very well done. Great imagery, and spot-on social commentary. You might find my poem, "Strawman" of interest along this line. All the best, and I look forward to reading more of your work.
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Brendan J. Simons
Date: 4/18/2018 11:42:00 PM
Thanks Chula, I’ll be sure to check out your work!
Date: 3/29/2018 3:20:00 AM
do u think coincidences are for a reason i just learned how to play chess well learned how to loose lol, and here i ve read today first poem on poetrysoup and happens to be your poem and you mentioned chess :) sometimes i think we can make choices sometimes i think our whole life was arranged every move step , thought, even those words i am writing right now? :)
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Brendan J. Simons
Date: 4/18/2018 11:41:00 PM
There is no such thing as coincidence! Thanks for reading, Jola!
Date: 3/28/2018 3:18:00 PM
Strong message, equally strong imagery. Very nice penning.
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Brendan J. Simons
Date: 3/28/2018 8:44:00 PM
Thanks, Greg!
Date: 3/28/2018 2:26:00 PM
A powerful message in your poem, Brendan...an emotive depiction..well delivered!
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Brendan J. Simons
Date: 3/28/2018 8:45:00 PM
Thanks, Vijay!
Date: 3/28/2018 1:36:00 PM
hi BJS It is beautiful, short and comprehensive with powerful meaning.
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Date: 3/26/2018 8:44:00 AM
Been this way for nearly 6,000 years, e'er since the days of Nimrod. Nice write
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Date: 3/24/2018 1:39:00 PM
Your words are simple, and yet so powerful, for your emotion and pain wrap themselves around each word and we are left in awe and sympathetic to your cause. Emile.
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Brendan J. Simons
Date: 3/25/2018 9:44:00 AM
Thank you Emile, I really appreciate that!
Date: 3/24/2018 12:22:00 PM
Nice piece of poetry, Brendan!
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Brendan J. Simons
Date: 3/25/2018 9:44:00 AM
Thank you, Sakshi!
Date: 3/24/2018 11:29:00 AM
So good.
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