Treasure Island

Geetha Jayakumar

(Kerala Palakkad)

A Chess?


Life is like playing a chess.
Life is moving in a slow pace.
Unknowing of whats happening next.
Each twists and turns comes in surprises.
It's just an calculations.
Some times it may work,
Some times it may not.

One step forward,
With two steps backward.
Just missed a step,
Chopped is the head.
Protecting the king and queen.
Aren't we in that place.

Life will move on fighting and defending,
But many things get lost on the way.
Protecting one,
Moves forward or retreat backward.
Sometimes forced or ready to attack.
Though never wanted to.
Some one is cut off protecting self.
Some times a simple jealousy may,
be the reason for attack.
The fight keeps on going till the end.
Even though one may want to leave the ground.
Once started you cannot quit.
Either you win or die.
Thats the rule in the battle field.

Finally...
When the winner is declared.
With a Checkmate.
Just turn around and see,
How many have you lost.
The lost ones may be your Dear Ones.

Did I win to loose everything
or did I loose everything to win.

I am confused.
Whether I should.....
Celebrate the Success,
Or
Celebrate the Failure.

Yes, Life is a Chess!

Submitted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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  • Akhtar Jawad (6/20/2014 9:08:00 AM)

    Did I win to loose everything
    or did I loose everything to win.
    These two lines of this amazing poem forced me to think who will be a winner in an atomic war? Or both will be losers! (Report) Reply

  • Vijay Sai R (6/20/2014 5:23:00 AM)

    your poem of chess reminds me harry potter movie number one...that was filled with horror... (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (6/5/2014 10:54:00 AM)

    A lovely depiction of life passage as how you look into it whether the glass you see is half filled or yet to fill half.Enjyed a lot in sharing the poem (Report) Reply

  • Yash Shinde (4/25/2014 12:10:00 AM)

    Different perspectives of life we see around us, yet the life remains the same......Its our perspective that leads our way..........
    Among those numerous views about life, this metaphorical write is a lovely gem
    Indeed life is a chess, but are we the masters of our fate, or just pawns in hands of others? ...........we seek the answer............
    a well composed write dear (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (2/2/2014 5:03:00 PM)

    A very accurate depiction of life through the game of chess. Nice work. Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Jay Gandhi (1/23/2014 7:22:00 AM)

    Each twist and turn comes in WITH surprises.
    It's just A calculations.
    Stalemate is also a result in Chess.
    With your analogy you can compare chess with a war, wrestling, tennis, badminton etc....
    Lovely poem (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (10/17/2013 8:32:00 AM)

    ''
    Did I win to loose everything
    or did I loose everything to win.'' the wonderful lines i have read after so many years in literature....love it...10 (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/7/2013 9:22:00 AM)

    Spare a thought for the simple pawn
    who having moved can never go back
    To kill, be killed or to flower as a queen
    His destiny if he reaches the last rank
    And each king may share a common fate
    Something we call a very stale mate

    (Good work - keep writing) (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (9/11/2013 10:30:00 PM)

    dearest poetess, thanks for these poems
    art of writes is likely to a painting...
    try to be a artist and love it (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (9/8/2013 2:45:00 AM)

    I am not good as a chess player, but i am the surface of what the chess played on...i am the strategy on their steps, from both sides...because me i am harder than any strategy they could read..because i am Unwritten Soul hahhaha..joking_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/7/2013 10:25:00 AM)

    wisdom on event theory(Probability) paradoxical derivation chess board to real life win or loose only for satisfaction porus lost but won If one wins the heart wins the world a proverb fulcrum on both side victory and defeat nice poem shared with you 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rohit Sapra (9/6/2013 1:58:00 PM)

    I really like this poem as the expression is very nice. Although, I am not sure that life is about winning or losing. We should try our best as nothing else we can do. As a human nobody is perfect though yes what matters is that we do not hurt others by purpose. You are a nice human being as I have been following your poetry so I know. Please, do not blame yourself for everything as it will only make things even more difficult. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/6/2013 8:28:00 AM)

    Somehow we have to make the moves. It is important that in your chess game played with life`s situations, we are all seen around close.
    I enjoyed reading your poem reaching out to the situations as rivals with might. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/6/2013 6:49:00 AM)

    A Beautiful poem comparing life to a game of chess! Success depends on how well we make our move and to some extent our luck! Whether a sucess or a failure, if one can celebrate life, no doubt, it in itself will be a success. Your jubilant spirit predominates in all your poems!

    I don't know why I had problems in locating your page and sending comments! Geetha, thanks for your sweet comments (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (9/6/2013 2:35:00 AM)

    Someone once calculated how many possible moves in a chess game... more than there are atoms in the universe! But even if we could know and use all, only a few moves would win most games.
    Perhaps life has more moves than chess and certainly more complicated ones that have more far reaching
    consequences. To win at chess one must be disciplined and discipline is one vital source to success in life. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/5/2013 5:24:00 PM)

    In a war you lose even when you win. Please read my poem 'Peace Lesson from History' which has some sentiments of war and peace. Thank you.
    I congratulate you on reaching a high rank among poets in the World and in India. Keep maintaining high quality in your poems. Wish you all the best in your writing. (Report) Reply

  • Nasarudheen Parameswaran (9/5/2013 10:02:00 AM)

    If the loss is for Dharma(for Truth and Justice) as Arjuna one can be proud of even after such a heavy loss or one can bereave as Gandhari, mother of Kauravas. Your poem is very good.I give 10/10 (Report) Reply

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