Black squares


White squares

Stare at me

Through horses,

Castles, and Bishops

Horses with no hoofs

Castles with no bricks


Bishops with no bible


In the battlefield of

Mental titans,

With no war lost


The lost dial of time.

(Dedicated to my sister, Dr.Shermishta, who taught me chess when we were young, and also to all my friends at IIMC 87-88 batch who played chess endlessly in the hostel )




26 responses »

  1. Dear Om,

    I hope you will be able to teach this wonderful game to your son. Chess goes above my head.

    Lovely poem….

  2. Sonal Shree says:

    Wow. Loved it.

  3. J. Balaji says:

    The best advertisement for Chess.

    Your words brought in front of my eyes the castles built around the black & white coins. As you play, you can visualise elephants in place of the chess rooks, bishops and the knights. The top of the “Queen” (coin) reminds the crown.

    Thanks for the memories. Its a thing of the past because, in today’s Fast world, playing chess, with real coins (and not on the PC) while relaxing is a luxury.

    • Thanks, Balaji. I have ALWAYS enjoyed playing chess in the open area like a park or a playground.

      BTW, Have you played draught? That too, is a good game with carrom coins when you don’t have chess coins!

  4. vimala madon says:

    such an expressively delightful poem, Om

  5. Johnson says:

    Good verse. This is the game you lost time palying and lost more time pondering.

  6. Sujatha says:

    Nice One!

  7. Beyniaz says:

    Short and sweet poem Om. Will dig out my old chess set today thanks to this!

    • Thank you, Beyniaz. The olden days chess sets used to be very nice, either plastic or wooden. These days, small, magnetic ones come – very nice to look at, but very inconvenient to play!

  8. Shernaz says:

    A lovely poem Om. I do not know anything about chess and bishop and pawn are all one to me, but this poem is truly enjoyable. Your perspective is indeed very good.

  9. vimala ramu says:

    Thank God for such simple pastimes.

  10. gc1963 says:

    Very beautiful indeed. πŸ™‚

  11. Safiyyah says:

    Lovely read Dr. Om. A rich breakfast for me here in the UK. Regards.

    • Thank you, Safiyyah. Didn’t realise that a poem could also enrich one’s breakfast! But so gratifying to know that it did!

      (This is from a collection of poems I had written years back, in the 1980s, and I told my wife that I am never gonna publish these – because I was not sure whether anyone will appreciate them – but after reading your comment, I felt real good. Thanks!)

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