Chess Morality XI: Pleiadic Dialogue
También el jugador es prisionero de otro tablero De negras noches y de blancos días. Como el otro, este juego es infinito. Dios mueve al jugador, y éste, la pieza. ¿Qué dios detrás de Dios la trama empieza De polvo y tiempo y sueño y agonías? --Jorge Luis Borges, 'Ajedrez' Turning and turning in the widening gyre The Falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold... --W.B. Yeats, 'The Second Coming' Stars fade like memory the instant before dawn. Low in the East the Sun appears, golden as an opening Eye. That which can be named must exist. That which is named can be written. That which is written shall be remembered. That which is remembered lives. --Book of the Dead Electra(F): In the very beginning was the Move -- Before there ever being 'Deed' or 'Word' -- The origin of all of the above The pieces to explain what has occurred. The Pleiades rising render a hymn, Sol, To Falcon and ankh the living symbol. Merope(P): From particle and cell, to Pawn and star The natural shapes of things bespeak the sphere. This volume inscribes equal lines that are The five Platonic solids which appear, Two hands put round with their ten digits drawn Sealing this paean to the sphere and Pawn. Sterope(N): If the Horse and Falcon did not exist, Then these pieces we would have to invent. If the correct movements take a strange twist, It's the sign of a singular event. Imagine the track of a trebuchet As opposed to the path of a rocket. Maia(B): What's in a name? Take so-called Creation And the scientific term Big Bang. Both As products of the imagination Suggest a more elegant name -- the Glowth -- Herewith made up, a neologism, coinage. (Every new word having its first usage) Taygete(K): How can one claim to be free of all blame For any matter gone from bad to worse? Who says 'The World's a stage' or 'Life's a game' In metaphor for the whole universe? No sense waiting for the other shoe to drop As the turn of events knows no full-stop. Alcyone(Q): 'The game is up' was not a clever hoax When Players made the moves so long ago. (About these matters no one ever jokes.) It is no myth: 'As above, so below.' One yet appreciates the rarity Once having been brought down by gravity. Calaeno(R): Motion requires the fabric of space-time. So, is not the Move preceded by the Turn? A change within existing paradigm Means a number of positions to re-learn, Just as if a theory of everything Were hanging by a thread and not a string. George William Duke 2003
Written by George William Duke.
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