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I couldn't find a suitable category for games and this type of gaming ~
This by far is my favorite game! :)



It’s not that I want to win every game

It’s just that your dark eyes, sweet soft breathing

Bring out my competitive nature

And all my pawns are lined up facing your castle

In this glorious checkered countryside riddled with diversions

But I remember now to ask before each move

Is there too much at stake?



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Reviewed by Jeff Mason 2/8/2015
Ha! My favorite game as well. Such earth-shaking ponderings: "Is there too much as stake?" Of course there is! That's why it's one of the best games imaginable! Winning, losing, who cares, as long as we can "play the game;" right? Clearly, you're a winner by your way with words. Never stop writing! -- Jeff Mason
Reviewed by Ken Colonsay 10/14/2012
Recently, I was reading a book about how to play chess so this poem sits squarely with me, Christine. I am amazed at your grand master virtuoso poems!
Reviewed by J Howard 2/5/2012
yes indeed... when must always ask...what chapter opens next, lest I WIN!
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 11/3/2011
My favourite board-game, too, but not often do I have a challenger. So I've been battling against the computer. It's quite a game of pure skill! Life can be compared to has to be skillful at just about every thing in order to survive. :)

Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 10/24/2011
It's tough to checkmate with pawns, but when you do, it speaks volumes of one's skill, patience, drive, and yes, competitive nature. But if one has to ask before a move, the stakes are either too high or the game is fixed. But in whose favor? Patrick
Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/22/2011
an excellent write Christine
Enjoyed its content
Love & Peace be with you

Reviewed by jude forese 10/22/2011
we have to be really good at looking ahead ...

thoughtful metaphoric write ...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/21/2011
I love this meaningful metaphorical (symbolic) offering, Christine. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/21/2011
Love is a gamble for sure!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 10/20/2011
Sounds to me as if someone shortly will become a pawn in the great and dangerous game of lovge.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/19/2011
Love IS the game, Christine! If it's sincere, there are no losers and the competition just inspires each to achieve to their fullest potential - no stakes set, just win-win, steel-sharpening-steel. The "glorious checkered countryside riddled with diversions" is pure joy to experience and explore when accompanied by those "dark eyes and sweet, soft breathing"... Let's hope to get lost in the woods en route! :)) xx
Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/18/2011
I don't play chess, but I loved reading "The Royal Game", by S.Zweig. I like the way you use the game to draw a quick and accurate psychological sketch. Interesting questioning too.

Reviewed by D. Vegas 10/18/2011
Christine, It is not about winning but how you play the
game of life...

Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/18/2011
I like this and if we were to take it methaphorically as life being a game then yes the stakes can often be extremely high...especially when it applies to such things as love.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/18/2011
Methinks this game is not chess. ;-) Once had a girlfriend who was a consummate bridge player. She studied every move until I wondered if she would ever play. Likewise, I played too rash, too impatient, for her partner, and chided me for it. We parted when she told me that she could love me and him, too.

Maybe she could?


BTW - I play chess rashly, and badly. It's only a game.
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 10/17/2011
My favorite game too
A joy to read you again

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 10/17/2011 Chess is worth
asking the stakes of every move!
Very thought provoking of You!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Connie Faust 10/17/2011
The picture couldn't be sweeter!
I haven't learned how to play Chess, and Bill just won't play games!
This is a great poem, though, more like a story, and I can't help but feel that there is more behind it than a simple Chess game. Either way, it is enjoyable to read.

Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/17/2011
Christine, it is all in the art of the feint and creating false expectations -- or is it? -- chess, a fine diversion -- I bid you joy love and peace my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 10/17/2011
I used to love to play, but to much condentrating for me now. Great write, Christine.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 10/17/2011

Checkmate and game on this one, Christine, always the winner. -gene.

Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/17/2011
I prefer to understand this in light of it being a metaphor undergirded by the axiomatic apologue . . .
Coming back from being wounded is a slow process, and it should be, unless you're a cliff diver, and then, sometimes it all seems a bit daunting when the eyes focus on what actually lies before us. The seer sayeth: Baby steps, thoughtful and prayerful, will take you where you're meant to be, no matter how convoluted the path seems. And protecting the heart/king is tantamount to a blissful and safe checkmate ... mares tails and effortless glissandos ... richard
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 10/17/2011
Awesome! And that picture is kind of chess game!

Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/17/2011
Love your 'take' here, Christine,
and the generous and different point of view.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/17/2011
Quite captivating. Chess truly is a marvelous game. Love that pic!
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 10/17/2011
VERY NICE!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/16/2011
Even puppy dog eyes are not going to distract my competitive
Reviewed by Janna Hill 10/16/2011
I don't know a thing about Chess Christine, but I still managed to completely enjoy this!
:) Janna
Reviewed by John Domino 10/16/2011
Great! U R Back! Nice poem about one of my all time fav games.
I spend 3 yrs. in England. I used to play every week with the Chief of Police of Cambridge-shire. He was an excellent player but he could not play well with two Harvey Wallbangers in his belt. He could not handle the mixed drinks so that's when I thrashed him!
I don't drink but for an occasional glass of wine now but I have not lost my love for a good game of chess. Bravo!
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 10/16/2011
I love the metaphoric truth to this poem. The game of love has many opponents, perhaps when it is true love or soul mate love the game ends...maybe

Lovely poetry as always, you never disappoint your readers.

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 10/16/2011
So cute. Don't be fooled by the puppy disguise though..he beat me last week.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 10/16/2011
Truly a delightful poem as the puppy opponent is so adorable great poetry as always my friend Laura
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 10/16/2011
Very cute poem , Christine, and, so it appears, a very capable opponent.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 10/16/2011
Clever allegory. Castle? Rook! lol.
Play against the computer, pah, unless you confuzzle it by doing crazy moves with the knight, once it has tried to suss it out, too late, you stand a chance to win! lol.

My fav game, too. xx
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/16/2011
Ah, this is wonderful, Christine. What a fun poem and the picture is just what it needed. But, hey, games are meant to be won, and if you have your opponent whimpering like the cute little pup that he is at the loss of yet another game, just look at him sternly and say, "Better luck next time, greenhorn.!"
Reviewed by Frank Stein (Reader) 10/16/2011
Very cool... Sometimes we can win by losing ..
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