I lost you as a game of chess
waged on a battlefield
square patches of dark and light.
In the end they blurred to gray mist.
Oh chess, my downfall!
Where any game safely played
is never won.
You, my Queen,
I surrounded with pawns
unwilling to test our limitations.
I didn’t want to know them.
You would not be risked,
not even for victory.
Never underestimate the comfort
of untried possibility.
But now, having lost so
I have come to think it would have been better
losing you in a sudden stab at glory!