Is Nothing Learned? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


Photo: human chess.


“Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another.”   Marcel Duchamp


Is Nothing Learned?

Knight takes bishop,
queen takes knight,
pawn takes pawn and
blocks the rook,
on and on
and so it goes,
tit for tat
soon everything falls,
is nothing learned,
is no one heard?
It’s not the winning
or a surrender,
and I hope,
it is letting all things be.

©Paul Vincent Cannon





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18 responses to “Is Nothing Learned? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Maybe if we stopped thinking of life as a game, we’d be able to address needs and losses.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Learn — wha’, now? 🤣

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Charis Counselling

    Well said


    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pieces move, strategy used, some captured, some advance, some sacrificed others reach their goal. give, take, surrender, forfeit, win, lose, capture, block, castle, king or queen side protect. Is it a game? Or simply life? I enjoy reading a and following a chess match up. For me an enjoyable story unfolds. Sometimes there is a tie.

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  5. Love, Respect “and letting all things be” …. absolutely!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sadly, some people seem to never learn.
    Excellent poem, Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Amy

    Very well said, Paul!

    Liked by 1 person

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