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waves of emotions wash over me
never cleansing me of destitution
my soul struggles for terminal solvency

every junction is met with detours
barricades of indifference thwart
advances that would set me free

the source confuses me routinely
scripted from a chess playbook
in which my role is preordained, pawn

knights castles and rooks are permitted
all discretionary moves while I sit
forbidden by the queen and king to advance

prepared with ploys and feints to deter
end runs and leaps stopped before they
can begin because the rules always defend

the board and contestant unwilling to cede
that they intend me no deed to victory
Iíve concluded I am at the wrong table

unable to move to where my soul
is free to be all that is within me
clearly Iím playing a losing game





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Reviewed by Andy Turner
If you can't change tables then make it to the other end and be transformed. Rye dry wit, the allegorical 'wrong table' is masterful
Check mate.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
My goodness this resonates, dear Jon. So many relationships can be of this fundamental nature - or indeed go through passing phases of being so - and it is mind-bending to be caught up in the midst of such 'games'. Worse still is when they are deliberate. For the most part I think it's just the interaction of where people are at at the time, but it's painful nonetheless. Tight triplets that are taughtly written and conceived. Intense! xx
Reviewed by D. Vegas
Many feel that way Jon, You put it in perspective
with this fine piece of poetry.

Always,

Deborah
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Symbolic and evocative are your verses my dear friend Jon. You awaken thought within me. Thank you. Love, peace, and my best wishes,

Regis
Reviewed by Linda Hill
Jon,

Enjoyed this! If you are at the wrong table, come to the right one.:) Excellent verses.

Love and blessings,
Linda
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
It's good to see you posting a poem again. This one is classic, using chess as an allegory or a life situation. I certainly hope it isn't your situation because it does look rather hopeless.

Ron
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
Not me. I refuse to let circumstances beat me down. No! Never! I have so much love which has been rebuffed, but that's okay, I shall walk tall.
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