Haiku: Coup de Grace

grayscale photography of chessboard game
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Lack of protocol
He is breaking all the rules
Coup de grace actioned

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haibun: The Long Game

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The silence is deafening,
tension taught as the tightest string.
We face not armies
but a hidden host
against whom we play
the game of our lives.

Who is first to blink?
Chequerboard duality
Playing the long game

copyright Francis Barker 2020