An Old Game

The game of life continues. These days we react and respond at a distance from each other so the results may be different and perhaps hard to take …


bishops, knights
on black and white                                   
not touching

words lift over
mitre and crest
grey the air

castle captured
queen mated king
the rook pawned

ivory on wood
stale smoke blown
from cramped lips

time check-mates
the players
in a final move


first published in Ken*Again


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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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1 Response to An Old Game

  1. Francine M. Sylvestre-Wallace says:

    Yes, the game is harder to play, the win will depend on so much more then our efforts; but we know that already don’t we?.

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