Uncheckedmate

Uncheckedmate

A Poem by Jamila
"

An unholy game

"
Papal Kings
and
Protestant Queens
impassive
straight and
bored
entombed beneath
protective Rooks
on treasured
truths they
hoard
Knights
in shining armour
stoic guardians
of the
free
blinded by
bright
white
light
squares
opposing
all they
see
leaving
vulnerable
tiny Pawns
under the
voracious
Bishop's
eyes
hunted, stalked
and cornered
oblivious to
the resigning
cries
shunted into
blackness
purged of
innocent
sins
and there in
sacred cubicles
the
final
assault
begins.



© 2020 Jamila


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Jamila
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Great use of metaphor Madame. Chess is a fascinating game and I always find it filled with intrigue and here you have used it so deftly to speak of the evil of sexual abuse rampant in the papacy and also in Protestant churches and the labyrith of secrecy in the entire system.

Appreciated the Papal King and the Protestant Queen & the few good men, the Knights. Especially loved the nefarious part the rooks (also black crows) play in keeping all the evil acts of Godmen obscure and their secrets buried. To the world they are righteous guardians of the truth with their voracious lust concealed under their cloaks and yet the personal and moral damage they cause to countless young people are unfathomable. Plunging them forever into such darkness!

Sadly, the powers that be, cast a blind eye on this scourge, sometimes from apathy and indifference and sometimes out of vested interests. The conclusion with the tiny pawns being devoured in sacred cubicles is heartrending!

This is a powerful subject and with the elegant metaphor usage, I find your delivery very impactful and awe inspiring. Thank you for throwing more light on this centuries old malaise. Kudos 💐😊👍

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


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Jamila

3 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, Pestonjee! Your review is a tribute to your own general knowledge and understanding o.. read more
Pestonjee

3 Weeks Ago

Your metaphor usage is great and your writing style never fails to interest yet what I really apprec.. read more



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I loved this poem. I love the game of chess also. You gave life and purpose to the chess board. Our world, just a large chess game and us common people. We are the pawns. I enjoyed this poem dear Jamila. The words danced to perfection.
Coyote

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, dear Coyote! Yes, we are all pawns in a larger game, at the mercy of Governments and,.. read more
Coyote Poetry

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You did very well with this poem dear Jamila. The coronaviras will show the real face of the governm.. read more
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Gee
Holier than thou, more perverted than most. Never had religion, never will. Abuse at its worst given their standing in society and trust put in them.
Great piece of writing Jamila.
Hope you are safe and well

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


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Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear Gee. I am in the same boat as you when it comes to religion (just don't tell my .. read more
Stick a collar and a robe on some guy, wow, a saint.
Now we know better. Maybe this is why churches and chapels are empty now.
In saying that, they're a lot of good people out there and I suppose the minority tarnish the good they try to do.

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Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear Paul. I tend to agree with your thoughts here. They are the root cause of empty .. read more
I love this. The use of the game of chess as a metaphor is powerful!
"leaving vulnerable tiny Pawns under the voracious Bishop's eyes" that was a part I really loved. Nice work!

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Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, Isimbabi! I am glad you enjoyed the poem! Many thanx for stopping by and leaving your.. read more
Great use of metaphor here Jamila to highlight the abuse of children that has taken place under the auspices of both Catholic and Protestant churches going back for years. Hidden, kept secret, but now exposed in all its sickening hypocrisy. I shiver as I contemplate the damage inflicted, the lives ruined, the sad deaths. Dark imagery here. Another super write on a disturbing subject that needs all the airing it can get.

Chris

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Jamila

3 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear Chris! You said it all here. It never ceases to shock me all that has occurred a.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

All's good here. Getting used to it now although it was a struggle in the first couple of weeks. At .. read more
loved the chess metaphor, Jamila, describing the desecration of the innocent, at the hands of the powerful and ordained, and still they have no shame and are still not held accountable, hopefully their time will come, think St Peter might have a few words to say, great poem

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Jamila

3 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear gram! I am not very good at the game myself but I thought the metaphor based on .. read more
Ms. Jamila, I love chess and I am learning it now. You have illustrated your point so beautifully here. Poetry and chess are my two best hobbies. Thank you for sharing this poem.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Jamila

3 Weeks Ago

Thanx, MisterG. I appreciate the read and comment.
This one is probably not going to fly at the Vatican. The secular powers, the Kings, Queens and Knights are depicted as rather ineffectual types, either entombed or blinded. The real villains seem to be representatives of the church, the Bishops, who hunt, stalk and corner the "tiny pawns." What follows can only refer to the Catholic Church's sexual scandals. A somber tale here, told in the poet's trademark spare, terse style, which somehow magnifies the horror more than a full description might.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Jamila

3 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear John! As always, your review has nailed the content of this poem. Those hypocrit.. read more
Voracious Bishops, Protective rooks and knights in shining armour. How well you conceived this poem and the characters. These issues are centuries old and yet little has been done to curb the practices and bring the guilty to book. If anything, there is secrecy.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Jamila

3 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, Pearly! Yes, you are correct. Secrecy and so much of it still, despite the Papal effo.. read more
Pearly

3 Weeks Ago

I am lucky to be your reader. You're one of a kind.
you are amazing...to wake up to this? the chess metaphor...feeling as one of the pawns, destined
to be eaten up by the royalty on the board...
we suffer the losses, and they make bad moves, illegal moves...anything to win.
j.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Jamila

3 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear J! Your response to this poem has me delighted! I am so glad you enjoyed this on.. read more

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