being played

being played

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

being played


a game of political chess
stalemate
checkmate
choose your mate

the game is a lie
the King lost his toupee
the bishop is in scandalous peril
the knight's sheen is a rusted illusion

the Queen has been violated
the board is bored with itself
we are the pawns
absorbed into ridicule, rooked

storm is coming
nail down the pieces
before they scatter
it's our move.


erin-cilberto
5/6/2021

© 2021 jacob erin-cilberto


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The chess analogy here is interesting. My guess is the pieces represent actual figures on the world scene. I'm pretty sure about the king, who has been put out of office, but the others escape me. The Queen may actually mean Elizabeth, regarding the perpetual Royal Family soap opera. The bishop may be Pope Francis, with the ongoing priestly sex scandals. Can't get a fix on the knight. The storm? Can't be any worse than Brother Covid.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

I really like your take, John...I had someone else in mind when writing of the Queen, but I will jus.. read more
yes, I'm afraid the storm of the century is building.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Yes, I am afraid so, Cherrie. thank you for your visit.
j.
Very awesome, this was wonderfully thought out.

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Kerra,
j.
I agree Jacob.
"storm is coming
nail down the pieces
before they scatter
it's our move"
Big storm is coming. I pray we have a good ending. Thank you for sharing your amazing thoughts and poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you, Coyote,
j.
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

You are welcome my friend.
I feel a sense of urgency to escape! Good write as usual Jacob. ~Sharon

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind words, Sharon,
j.
The stragedy of political games juxtoposed against chess is a clever idea. The kings know how to win, how to manipulate and how to cover there tracks. Things are never quite black and white are they?

Posted 1 Month Ago


 Relic

1 Month Ago

By the way, this reminds me of the Yes song - I've seen all good people.
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

Well, I know I'm just a Roundabout.
 Relic

1 Month Ago

.............ha-ha.
I want to learn chess
Partner plays a lot
It’s his thing he does alone on his phone
Asked him to teach me
No he says it would take a lifetime
I’ll try my hand alone at learning
I love this
Love the metaphors
Very cleverly written Jacob

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

thank you for your kind words....never got really into the game, backgammon was my game....but I did.. read more
Julie McCarthy (juliespenhere)

1 Month Ago

Lol
I’m still determined to learn
It’s on my bucket list
Piano
C.. read more
You have mayhem in these lines Jacob. A scene of chaos. Yes a game of chess. A checkered board, black and white. Never was any good at chess. Never too late to learn though.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

never too late for the damn politicians to learn, either.
thank you for your words, Chris,read more

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jacob erin-cilberto
jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL



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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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