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Dare to Play Chess with an Elf

Updated on August 5, 2013



Chess Game With An Elf

“What is a Sonnet?”, I first dare to ask myself

Perhaps an unimaginative way to begin

A collection of poems, saving dust for thy self

Timeless tales of one who never knew the end

Told only by the glimpse of the procurer’s shy elf

Sitting atop, his mischievous eyes watch sin

Crossed legged, he, only he, knows the dark truth

For he is as aged as the book he rests upon

Knowing the story by heart, he grins with one tooth

As he waits patiently for the next…swinging his baton

Dust bunnies quickly shew into their den of youth

The ancient wind blows through, rattling the Nippon

I breathe life into the sonnet, dust stirring the stale air

Knocking the queen from the table as I reach for the rook

Always my favorite piece – that is, before the pair

Foreboding eyes watching me, guardians of the book

Instinctually grasping at the lamp, only to be aware

The queen lay below, quite dead, shattered, little it took

Once she sat upon the throne, equally suited to feign

She disguised herself, traveling with him when he fell

All the men could not put her together again

He wrote the lovely sonnets, one by one she sang so well

Proclaiming his love, his soft voice of genius bane

She played the pawn and in its comfort she did dwell

The little elf perched on history, once more its little song

“Love is my sin, Love is my sin”, oh, how the words are so

A game, a fairy tale, what is a sonnet? Play along

Shakespeare of the heart, neither it be friend nor foe

A regal queen collecting dust of which she can belong

Her lifeless body, the capture of what she now does know

I place the book on the shelf, winking at the little elf-man

I tweek his baton and dust off his nose, catch me if you can



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      Karre Schaefer 5 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

      Thanks Malisa! I think you should sign up on hubpages!

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      Malisa Hodges 5 years ago

      I really liked that! Cool!

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      Karre Schaefer 5 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

      Thank you SDL. I really enjoy writing poetry. A love of poetry, I got from my mom. :-) -- karre

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      SDL 5 years ago

      Great!!!! Loved it. Genius work.

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      Karre Schaefer 5 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

      Thank you so much! Karre.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      What a fun sonnet! :) Voted UP!.