Old Man Oscar - Poem REmix

By Metaphorest

I loved Ryan Patrick's tragic story of a man who loses his daughter and after I read it this poem came out :) Hope you like it Ryan!

Old Man Oscar planned his battles expertly indeed
His fabled chess prowess was universally agreed
And only one opponent could endeavour to reveal
The legendary Oscar’s long concealed Achilles heel

And every other game or so, this nemesis would win
(The rival I refer to was his daughter, Madeleine)
A keener mind you could not find, with nerves of solid rock
A ruthless foe, a gentle soul, a chip off the old block

And when these adversaries played, the air would fizz and crack
As all who watched forgot the minutes passing, losing track
Captive inside the perfect plays of bishops and of rooks
Bemused by these kin adversaries’ matching pensive looks

But life itself cannot be planned as in a game of chess
No simple squares to slide across, we fumble through the mess
No rules to keep us safe, no path to safely get us home
Through life’s loopholes Madeleine slipped, leaving Oscar alone

He laid the pieces on the board as he had done before
But never did he play a game of chess for ever more
Just sat still on his old park bench awaiting that day when
He’d surely meet his only worthy challenger again

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Old Man Oscar - Poem REmix

Created: Jul 03, 2010

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