“When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go….”
— Grace Slick
“…it’s time in time with your time and it’s news is captured….”
— Jon Anderson/Chris Squire
The rules have changed since the time
of chess club after school; a game
of speed in the park.
Staunton laid aside, no more draws,
by FIDE — NewChess has become
It’s my pieces you’re swiping
when I’m not looking — erasing
Threw the looking glass ‘cause of untruths;
it’s lying now, in pieces
on the floor.
“Red Queen’s off with her head”
in the clouds, perhaps —
Not much for current events gone stale,
mate! Let me play the classic rules.
If we tie, we tie.
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