85th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 85th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

It’s a new year, and if you haven’t heard there is a new feature on the blog this year . . . my first ever, poetry reading challenge.  Yup, that means everyone should be signing up because all you need to do is read 1 book of poetry.

Here’s a treat from Derek Walcott‘s White Egrets:

1. (page 3)

The chessmen are as rigid on their chessboard
as those life-sized terra-cotta warriors whose vows
to their emperor with bridle, shield and sword
were sworn by a chorus that has lost its voice;
no echo in that astonishing excavation.
Each soldier gave an oath, each gave his word
to die for his emperor, his clan, his nation,
to become a chess piece, breathlessly erect
in shade or crossing sunlight, without hours —
from clay to clay and odourlessly strict.
If vows were visible they might see ours
as changeless chessmen in the changing light
on the lawn outside where bannered breakers toss
and the palms gust with music that is time’s
above the chessmen’s silence. Motion brings loss.
A sable blackbird twitters in the limes.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions.  Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles.  It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. The personification of chess pieces is interesting. I have seen some chess pieces that are breathtaking works of art.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — February 21

  2. I agree…I think there is a larger chess board that we don’t see and that we are merely pieces moving about. I really like the possibilities in this poem.

    I really like the comparison of the chessmen to the terra cotta warriors of China. I saw an exhibit of them in DC and they are breathtaking. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we as chess pieces were that breathtaking?
    Serena´s last blog post ..85th Virtual Poetry Circle

  3. Powerful… This can be read in many contexts..

    I have always thought we are chess pieces in the bigger picture of life as a chess board. Fighting for our king, the mind, heartor soul. It depends on our mood and our attitude.
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