Knowing Her Place

The armies face each other
black and white
across a battlefield of squares
dark and light

opening hostilities
the King’s foot soldiers
charge forward,
boots on the center ground

strategic advantage;
How will the enemy respond?
Emulate the Spanish Ruy L
or will it be Sicilian Dragons?

Or perhaps with gambits
bringing the unforeseen;
consequences of a war
of choice.

Knights sally forth
while Bishops bless soldiers
already sacrificed
for love of a King

who commands,
but rarely fights
sitting well protected
in his castle

while his Queen,
consummate warrior
master of the art
takes to the battlefield

defending him,
standing by him, sacrificing for him;
more worthy than him
yet knowing her place


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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1 Response to Knowing Her Place

  1. beetleypete says:

    Chess imitating life, or the other way around? Nice work, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

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