Life is a game of chess


gambit gambas

kibitzer? ah, a player

far from a grandmaster

a gambit? you bet

on to the checkered board

protect the king

care for the queen

respect the bishop

let loose the horse

move the rook from the nook

and yes, eat the prawns!

do you love it, chessmate?

ponder, J’adoube or move

zugzwang or zwischenzug

whether a blunder or an en prise

win, lose or draw

you made a difference, you know.


64 Responses to “Life is a game of chess”

  1. anjum wasim dar Says:

    great playing analogy-artistic expression-very well penned

  2. yummy, smart metaphors.

  3. Poets Rally Says:


    Hope all is well.

    Noting that you have been part of poets rally in the year of 2011,
    what an achievement, thanks for your outstanding contribution to us
    along the way, keep up the excellence. Best!

    Come join our poetry rally today if you wish to mingle and get inspired!

    A poem of your choice or a free verse is accepted.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Looking forward to seeing you share.
    Respect and hugs.

  4. Chrissy Says:

    ha ha…love this! The only way I can win at chess when I play with my sons is when I talk in a very awful british accent… no idea why I started doing this or where it came from…? But I tell no lie! The minute my sons make me stop talking like that I start losing. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

    • bendedspoon Says:

      ahaha! Fantastic distraction strategy!
      Don’t mention that to your sons’ opponents outside your home. lol
      Blessings to you from the Grandmaster πŸ™‚

  5. Ann Says:

    Nice πŸ™‚

    Nice read. I like!

    P.S. – I don’t play chess but I like seafood! Shall I eat the prawns then? πŸ˜‰


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  7. ladynimue Says:

    I like the way you set the chess basics πŸ˜‰
    wonderful post !!

  8. Fun! I liked this very much. I love how it was written. Thank you!

  9. aynsley7 Says:

    Great analogy
    Fun to read!
    I just want to read it again and again…
    I think I will

  10. What a fantastic poem both for the chess meaning and life insights. The unusual word choices make it even more fun!! πŸ™‚

    My Poet’s Rally post: Imbiciles Turn Criminal

  11. fiveloaf Says:

    chess and prawns makes a delicious snack! just in case you have not been, here’s my week 38 haha!

  12. An excellent poem…love the incorporation of chess and of course “eat the prawns.”

  13. bendedspoon Says:

    The Lonely Recluse, yes it is best to trust in the Lord. He can comfort and heal you like no other can. Blessings to you.

  14. A good poem cleverly injected with a second meaning granted by the title, I like it.
    The Lonely Recluse.

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Thankful that you like it.
      Living is full of sacrifices and victories πŸ™‚

      • And the occasional stalemate.
        The Lonely Recluse.

        • bendedspoon Says:

          Oh yes! Peace or boredom? πŸ™‚

          • Both peace and boredom are stalemates waiting to be broken by either a rash move or an intuitive one.
            The Lonely Recluse.

            • bendedspoon Says:

              And you made me look back what moved me first, not out of peace or boredom, but unrest and pain. It was intuitive one at first then have to make the rash move. Sacrifice, victory, peace… Boredom seems to evaporate from the equation after going through pain.

              • It was once said that pain is weakness leaving the body, I disagree and say it is strength entering, it is getting the pawn to the other side and getting your second queen. Pain is only a loss to those who know not how to use the experience. To the experienced pain is actually a great asset, or the memory of pain at the least.
                The Lonely Recluse.

                • bendedspoon Says:

                  Admitting that one is in pain is strength. Eventuallyletting go of pain and healing is divine strength. I can see that you have it.

                  • A person is granted divine strength, they do not get it any other way, whether I have been granted it or not is questionable and not for me to work out, I just go with it and try to weather all things with the help of the Lord.
                    The Lonely Recluse.

                    • bendedspoon Says:

                      The help of the Lord is divine strength. Glad that you sought for it. I would like to say that all will be well but then you will know it anyway. If you need me I’m just here.

                    • All shall not be well till the second coming, in fact it all goes downhill before then but we shall survive in the lord. Thank you for your kind offer but I shall trust in the Lord and shall seek help from him and those I know (no offence).
                      The Lonely Recluse.

  15. Mike Patrick Says:

    I, who would be king, at my age, must move slowly, one step at a time. With every step, I fear being knocked down. How like chess is life.

  16. Jingle Says:

    smart title,
    yummy image,

    perfect words, thanks for sharing..
    Happy Rally.

  17. Rashmi Says:

    Wonderful… feel an urge to play..its been long …

  18. Dragon Ka-Tet Says:

    Lol! This was delightful, spoon! Love Chess and adore prawns – loved the line “and yes, eat the prawns!” πŸ™‚

  19. I am wondering exactly what Gustavo will say about that =D


    • bendedspoon Says:

      which Gustavo are you referring?
      regardless, he might say,
      “chess is a serious matter so act like it”
      to which i will reply,

  20. thilophian Says:

    Playing chess is one of my hobbies too.This battle on a board is quite interesting.

  21. Darya Says:

    LOVED it. What about the moves? Should we stick to the limited moves or go beyond the rules?

    • bendedspoon Says:

      thank you.
      in life and chess
      each piece
      has its own limits
      each game has its own rules.
      i say stick with the rules
      to stay in the game
      but this isn’t to say
      that you can’t choose
      your timing
      and strategy.
      just remember
      each choice
      is crucial
      at the end of the game.
      if my answer
      is unsatisfactory
      i say
      i will just
      enjoy the game

  22. Hey,

    I love the game of chess. I could just play game after game after game. I certainly agree with letting the knight take free reign on the board – it is such a versatile piece.

    And the bishop has the ability to create a lot of headaches when an opponent least expects it.

    What’s the difference between a gambit and a grandmaster?

    • bendedspoon Says:

      oh we have a chess lover in here.

      Gambit is a sacrifice in the opening, such as pawn – a chess piece. Grandmaster is the highest title awarded by World Chess Federation – a chess player.

      thanks for taking a break in your play and checking in! would you rather be the rook or the bishop?

  23. This was really good! πŸ™‚

  24. Jamie Aramini Says:

    I would most definitely consider your writing poetry. It would probably be classified as “free verse” (my favorite kind!) since it doesn’t follow any sort of set pattern or rhyme scheme.

    Quite interesting! Keep up the good work!

  25. I love this! I’m sending it to my son, who plays.


  26. rey Says:

    i like the gambas gambit… it’s really a trick and trap πŸ™‚

    nice poem i would say… keep writing!

    • bendedspoon Says:

      thanks rey! have to learn though photo tricks from you. i was allergic to shrimp too for 10 years but won’t stop eating it until the allergy got tired of me. perpetual check or victory? hehe πŸ™‚

  27. this was wonderful! Really good work, sweet one! πŸ™‚ Thank you for blessing us! deb

    • bendedspoon Says:

      thank you Deb! the credit goes to my son and hubby for discussing chess — including the chess piece ‘prawn’. i saw love and life in a glimpse and here it is πŸ™‚

  28. Sebs Says:

    Nice poetry! πŸ™‚ This caught my attention as I have been playing chess with my baby recently. πŸ™‚

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