NaPoWriMo 2018, Poetry
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NaPoWriMo – Day Sixteen: Checkmate


We were handed the chessboard

without any instructions.

Did not know Queen from Rook,

or Bishop from Knight.

We clustered our pieces

on opposing corners,

unaware that the aim

was to take the other one out,

to claim their colours as our own,

capture the King.

take a crown from the body

only to reset the pieces

and begin again.

Instead we skimmed each other,

slipped between the checkered tiles

to the grey land beyond.

I remember the first time you touched me,

how the world shuddered as I fell.

I learnt the meaning of captured,

what it was to be conquered

and still I came back

to loose myself each time we played

because defeat

was so much better

than anything else I could find.


“write a poem that prominently features the idea of play”

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


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