My Life as a Rook

In Chess,

A Rook is a Castle.

A castle stands for strength and defense.

My life stands for neither.

Rooks have simple moves on the board;

they can either go forward or backward…

up or down.

I find that is all I can do as well.

The Past is a backwards move

and I make it far too many times…

and expose myself to being captured;

by old mistakes or choices

The Future is a forward move and I find myself

afraid to make it…

because of old mistakes and choices.

So–I sit. In my corner square.

Alone, resolute and paralyzed…

Until I am toppled.

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