THE BALLAD OF THE QUEEN
The queen is the most powerful piece,
preening and casting her eye down deep diagonals
that others do not see or travel.
the knight will always dodge aside.
the pawn lines (in the end) are always ragged.
castles always descend in straight lines.
and that black and white is anything but simple.
Knowing that despite everything,
the kingdom falls with the King.
(She circles him) turn after turn defending,
what she can never be.
Then finally flings herself forward in bold defiance,
and as she stoops,
in the very moment of defeat
and truly free