OUT OF BOOK
for Chris Depasquale

You look at your position and you see the trap
your clock's running down and you can't go back
looking for some strategy that's sane
you're wondering if you sacrifice just what you'ld gain.

Forget the theories from the book
close your eyes and take another look
it's no longer black and white once again
welcome back to where you've never been.

You're still dizzy from your success
you can't tell the good moves from the best
the king's in the castle face down on the throne
your queen is starting to feel just like a guest.

A black pawn puts the question to your good bishop:
are you going to take something leave or just remain?
You'ld like more time just to analyze this line
beause you know it's a struggle and not a game.

Forget the theories from the book
close your eyes and take another look
it's no longer black and white once again
welcome back to where you've never been.

 

(unrecorded, published in QUADRANT)