Stalemate

 

 

If you release the piece the board will be played.

 

Is it the queen or your fingers that tremble?  It’s been snowing

 

since dawn. If you loosen your grip the lady will turn,

 

a stranger in a revolving door.  Every entrance will be

 

an exit,  A drift has formed on the bridge of your nose.  

 

every exit a mortal wound. You wipe it clean

 

before you go. A dismal choice, black as crow,          

 

your banner and crest. A flurry or two will erase the tracks.