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The Chess Game - Poem by Panmelys

Vanity is an integrated part
Of every artist:
Even their modesties are suspect,
To be understood
As cultivated pawns
Of crafty players
Drafting their own epitaphs.

Panmelys 1994

Topic(s) of this poem: truth

Poet's Notes about The Poem

John Cowper Powys inspired the poem when I read one of his lecture books on artists.
I believe it speaks the truth, but perhaps it's not what people wish to hear. Socrates too,
when he said to a very rich pupil, dressed in rags and barefoot: 'Your immodesty shows thru every hole in your cloak.' I think it helps people to realize their inner soul, and certainly does
not stop them writing. Panmelys

Comments about The Chess Game by Panmelys

  • Paul Brookes (4/12/2015 2:02:00 PM)

    'Vanity, vanity all is vanity.' even the most modest of us have it. We all need vindication even if only to a circle of of friends. BB (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/14/2015 4:14:00 PM)

    Definitely vanity is the powerful aspect of an artist. Very neatly presented such a beautiful poem. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (3/14/2015 3:14:00 PM)

    Powerful piece of poetry nicely penned in poetic diction with insight. You really captured the essence of the poem with what I believe (I don't know the rules of the game of Chess) is an appropriate simile to drive home your conviction. I concur with your perspective. Indeed artists are proudly modest people chasing the vain glorification of beauty. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 14, 2015

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