Chess With Our Pain

I didn’t want to hurt you

So I changed the game

Withdrew to my cave

Played chess with our pain.

In moments of torment

When emotions embraced

I ran that much faster

So you could save face.

Your past roared emphatically

Drew out like a sword

That bitter cold metal

Gentle whisper, fragile chord.

But I stood my ground

Like the mountain so strong

As you whaled on my soul

Like a tear-filled song.