Treasure Island

Tirupathi Chandrupatla


Checkerboard


Say
World's surface's
A huge checkerboard
Squares separated
By lines
Life may be seen
As a random walk
On the surface.

It's easy to think
Squares as sweet spots
Lines as obstacles
Lines occupy
A smaller area
Walk seems easy
More chance of missing
The obstacles
Some people have
A knack of walking
Without touching
Any of the lines.

What if we think
Lines as desirable
And squares as obstacles?
It's all in our
Thought process
Squares may be
Large or small
Lines closer or farther
This whole checkerboard
Is only an analogy.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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  • Indira Babbellapati (7/2/2013 1:21:00 PM)

    Vying against one's own self
    On this checkerboard-life
    No winners no losers
    In this endless game
    Of lines and squares
    Tantalizing
    Teasing... (Report) Reply

  • Somanathan Iyer (6/29/2013 11:07:00 AM)

    Life is how we feel it. yes perceptions differ from person to person. A thought provoking write. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (6/29/2013 5:41:00 AM)

    The analogy of life, its a bit like my poem The Path Undecided. A good write. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (6/28/2013 10:46:00 AM)

    A poem with a deep insight! The analogy of life and checkerboard is very logical! Yes, everything is in our thought process and whether we win or lose depends on how clearly we percieve things and how well we act according to our perceptions! ! (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (6/27/2013 9:05:00 PM)

    Thank you Ms Shahzia Batool. I checked your quote and it is from Elbert Green Hubbard (1856 –1915) , an American philosopher, who has many brilliant quotes. In my poem I presented life as walk on a checkerboard. I thank you very much for your thoughtful comment. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (6/27/2013 2:51:00 PM)

    Brilliant analogy!

    i would like to quote the lines i read somewhere:

    “Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision! ” (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (6/27/2013 11:47:00 AM)

    great saying here ''What if we think
    Lines as desirable
    And squares as obstacles?
    It's all in our
    Thought process'' - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -loved it and loved the theme....lovely.. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (6/27/2013 6:26:00 AM)

    some see the lines as a challenge
    others love to live in squares
    me I perfer to be flying
    up high ito the air (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (6/27/2013 12:53:00 AM)

    Luckily we are asked to walk in the square and not to cross the barrier. Otherwise we will be restricted without any space to the dancing of the souls and the bodies..Nice.. (Report) Reply

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