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Don’t blame the sinner

She knows of little other than pain
She only sins by compulsion
And not by choice or with disdain

Her hands are cracked with years of toil
Her heels weighed down by hardship

The Chess Queens, by Muriel Streeter

It is no easy task to do what she does
Yes, hers is no enviable cross to bear

Clad in black, she stands proud
Her head held high in the wintry air
Like the dark queen of chess
She moves with frightening grace

Staring across the moors
Her eyes narrow as she sees her approach
The robes of white flash in majesty
As she thunders towards the dark queen

The battle is brisk, fierce and fiery
There can be no way to tell
Who will triumph in this duel

As the swords clash and the clang of metal roars
The darkness descends
Enveloping them in its fold

After many hours one was left standing
Watching as the corpse of the other lay writhing
And then lay like stone
Her breath forever stilled

The winner knew that it was no easy battle
For the opponent had been strong
And without her, she could never have existed

Yes, it was a tough battle
One soaked in the essence of Life
But Pain, the black queen, had succumbed
To the might of Hope


This is written in response to the Speakeasy Challenge # 149

This week’s rule was to use this as the first line:Β 

Don’t blame the sinnerΒ 

We also had to use the picture prompt Β above and refer to it in some way

Categories: FictionYeah Write

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.

Aparna · February 17, 2014 at 4:52 am

Multiple challenges and all ;).. prolific you are becoming :).. Nice one!

Shailaja V · February 17, 2014 at 6:43 am

Thanks! And I really love writing for prompts. Helps unleash the creative beast within…or so I like to think πŸ˜‰

Chai a cup of life · February 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

Wow, you have written this really well and seems like a difficult topic! Good to hear you are unleashing your creative side πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · February 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Thank you. Started dabbling in fiction very recently and have been loving the experience!

tulika singh · February 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

What an interesting prompt and you've woven it really well together – the picture, the first line and the spirit of your poem – all come together so well.

Shailaja V · February 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Thanks Tulika! The prompt was really very interesting this week and sometimes, the words just come together, don't they? I never really gave this one too much thought πŸ™‚

Ranu 802 · February 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Nice poem Shailaja.

Shailaja V · February 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Ranu πŸ™‚

aishasoasis · February 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm

A wonderful allegory of the two chess queens as hope and pain! I like this alot!

Shailaja V · February 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

So happy that you do πŸ™‚ Thanks Aisha !!

Atreyee · February 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Fantastic piece!Loved the lines,”She only sins by compulsion” and,”Yes, hers is no enviable cross to bear” Beautiful ending too Shailaja:-)

Shailaja V · February 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Thank you so much, Atreyee! Just heading over to read your entry πŸ™‚

JannaTWrites · February 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Beautiful poem! So glad that hope triumphs over pain! That's what I like to think happens in our lives as well πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · February 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm

As do I, Janna. The choice lies with us , is what I truly believe. Really thrilled that you like it πŸ™‚

Nabanita · February 18, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Beautiful poem!! What can I say what others haven't already! Wonderful!

The Midnight Thief · February 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Great poem! Love the imagery used.

Shailaja V · February 19, 2014 at 4:35 am

Thank you very much, Naba!

Shailaja V · February 19, 2014 at 4:35 am

So glad you stopped by. Thank you πŸ™‚

psychochef · February 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm

“One soaked in the essence of life.” Beautiful.


Shailaja V · February 20, 2014 at 7:39 am

Thank you Karen πŸ™‚

Suzanne Purkis · February 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Wonderful metaphor and lovely imagery! I love that last stanza so much. Beautiful poem! πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · February 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

So glad that you liked it πŸ™‚ Speakeasy seems to bring out the best in me and I am happy about that!

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