17 February 2016

#17 - Falling through the cracks

Our lives are like a massive game of chess.
A massive game of chess with just one catch:
the board is booby-trapped and, at a guess,
I’d say that most of us won’t win the match.

The ones who do will think they tried their best
and not see all the obstacles that stop
the disadvantaged scaling Everests –
instead, they’ll see dead weight for them to drop.

But life’s unfair, and so are parlour games,
So think about your privilege and find
a way to square the circle now and aim
to help up those who’ve fallen far behind.

You’ll be a champion, though I confess,
you’ll never win a real game of chess.


Bridget Riley - Movement in Square 1961

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