Chess

 
 
 


grandfather’s chess set
 
with a missing black bishop—
 
pebble takes its place

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19 comments on “Chess

  1. Judie says:

    Of course. Whatever works to keep the game going.

  2. Or pieces from another set. Those old games and all the memories.

  3. thotpurge says:

    Excellent Mark… so many hours spent in childhood, hunting for missing coins, blaming siblings, and then using pebbles or tamarind seeds instead!!! Thanks for bringing on the memories 🙂

  4. Jen says:

    Bottlecaps work. Monopoly tokens too. But you can’t have the old-shoe token. That’s mine. 😉

    Great haiku 🙂

  5. That is so touching, brings nice memories playing checkers with my grandson and my grandfather’s hand painted checkerboard.

    • You just reminded me that my own dad made a checkerboard for us kids once, and he used a broom handle, cut into little rounds, as the checkers, which he let us kids color black and red with crayons. (That was quite a run-on sentence!) Wow! I had completely forgotten! Thank you, Cheryl-Lynn!

      On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 9:11 PM, Mark M. Redfearn wrote:

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  6. Wonderful – brings back memories.

  7. Bastet says:

    interesting haiku and how lovely that a pebble became a bishop … but then, if a fisherman may become a rock ….

  8. Greg says:

    I like the simple sentiment in this one a lot.

  9. Panchali says:

    Nostalgic …sentimental…a beautiful haiku, Mark !!

  10. A beautiful haiku Mark, how sad this is that there is missing a piece of the chess game of you Grandfather … and what a glorious idea to fill that space with a pebble … making the chess game complete again … as the pebble gives us haiku poets the complete scene to write our haiku about. Nicely done.

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