Reciprocal Zugzwang

Whose turn forces the move must lose the day
⠀⠀in sacrifice resigning, off then on
as darkness fills night neither one can stay.

He strategizes, dallies in foreplay
⠀⠀too long. Too late they realize their sun —
whose turn forces the move — must lose the day.

By chance, her second-hand naïveté
⠀⠀meets his conceit. Their misfortunes attune
as darkness fills night neither one can stay.

She hesitates. Must she this soon betray
⠀⠀the scheme that led them here? In turn their moon —
whose turn forces the move — must lose the day.

They meet and meet and meet, their cabaret
⠀⠀eclipsing one another’s light, dreams gone
as darkness fills night. Neither one can stay.

Forced, they let some unknown stars delay
⠀⠀the outcome, lost before their game’d been done.
Whose turn forces the move must lose the day
as darkness fills night neither one can stay.

 


 
 

by sara and maggie

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