The Game

 

Chess King

The Game

King to C4
Boom!

The cards come crashing down
like a roller-coaster

Amusement
and horror
fill my brain

As I break free
from the suicide king
waiting for me

but the jack is too clever
its evil eye
glares

And I sidestep the queen
waiting for marriage or murder

Death is inevitable

Who wins the game?

Invisible players
moving us
from one square
to the next

And a torrent of cards
billboards of terror
telling us the numbers:

club the fellow
stop his heart
steal his diamonds
and dig a hole
with a spade